Coronavirus: Center urges people to seek a second dose of vaccine and complete the course on time | India News
NEW DELHI: Private hospitals have purchased 80 lakh doses of Covid vaccines, while states and UT have so far purchased 1.23 crore doses directly from vaccine manufacturers since the new vaccination policy went into effect on May 1, allowing states and the private sector to directly purchase 50% of local vaccine production.
Additional doses of 1.27 crore purchased directly by states and UT are in preparation and will be delivered soon. Center he said Tuesday.
Although the shortage of vaccination spaces, particularly in the private sector and for those between 18 and 44 years of age, has generated concern during the last two weeks amid the increase in infection, the government assured that the supply situation will improve in the future and that there will be adequate doses. available to all adults.
So far, 32% or a third of the population over 45 years of age in the country has been inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 50% of the population that should receive the second dose has yet to has received it. his second shot.
The Center urged people to seek the second dose and asked states to ensure that more people complete their vaccination cycle on time.
States and UT like Uttarakhand, J&K, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Ladakh and Tripura have more than 50% coverage of the first dose of vaccines among the population over 45 years of age.
Around 88% of deaths are registered in people over 45 years of age and greater immunization in this age group may be essential to reduce mortality.
“Look at the big countries, 46% in the US got at least one dose, in Germany 34% of the population got at least one dose,” said Dr. VK Paul, Niti aayog limb-health, he said.
While many states are still lagging behind in administering the second dose of the vaccine to eligible recipients, the Center has recommended that states and UT allocate at least 70% of the doses in each tranche for the administration of the second dose.