No Report of Covid Vaccine Shortage Received from States, UTs in Weeks: Centre


Empty vials of Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine lie on a table at the venue of a vaccination drive in Guwahati, Assam. (AP Photo/

Empty vials of Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine lie on a desk on the venue of a vaccination drive in Guwahati, Assam. (AP Photo/

Responding to a query at a press convention, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned states and Union Territories (UTs) have been requested to extend the tempo of their vaccination drives.

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  • Last Updated:August 26, 2021, 21:53 IST
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No report of COVID-19 vaccine scarcity has been obtained from states and Union Territories previously two to a few weeks and the current scenario is “satisfactory”, the federal government mentioned on Thursday. Responding to a query at a press convention, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned states and Union Territories (UTs) have been requested to extend the tempo of their vaccination drives.

“In the past two-three weeks no such report from any state has been received. We give daily reports of unutilised and balanced vaccine doses and in the past two-three weeks the balance unutilised vaccine doses quantity has not gone below 2.5 crore so we believe that the present situation is satisfactory,” he mentioned. “We have repeatedly told states and UTs that vaccination pace must be increased. We had a meeting with states on the matter just yesterday and results are also being seen that 80 lakh doses were administered in the last 24 hours and even today, 47 lakh doses were administered,” Bhushan mentioned.

On reviews that second dose was missed by over three crore individuals, he mentioned a spread of durations have been given for individuals to take this dose. “We have given a range during which a person can get vaccinated. When you cross the outer limit of that range then it becomes absolutely imperative that prior to crossing that outer limit you are administered the second dose,” he mentioned. This truth have to be clear, and at any given second “there will be a certain number of people who have completed four weeks or 12 weeks, but on the next day, they must have got a vaccine dose”, Bhushan mentioned. “To interpret this fact by saying X’ people have been missed will not be technically correct. Better way would be to ask for three or four consecutive dates to get a complete picture,” he mentioned.

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