In May, private hospitals bought 80 lakh jabs, claims 1.23 crore | India News
NEW DELHI: Private hospitals have purchased 80 lakh doses of anti-Covid vaccines, while states and UT have so far purchased 1.23 crore doses directly from vaccine manufacturers from the new vaccination policy It came into force on May 1 allowing states and the private sector to directly purchase 50% of the vaccines manufactured in India.
Additional doses of 1.27 crore purchased directly by states and UT are in the works and will be available soon, the Center said Tuesday.
While the lack of vaccination spaces, particularly in the private sector and for those in the 18-44 age group, has raised concern over the past two weeks amid an increase in infections, the government said the Supply situation will improve in the future and there will be sufficient doses available for all adults.
So far, 32% or a third of the eligible population older than 45 years have been inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 50% of the second dose have not yet received the injections. The Center urged people to seek the second dose and asked states to ensure that more people complete their vaccination cycle on time.
In response to a question on whether the government dropped the ball in the second wave, as some experts have suggested, including top American immunologist Antony Fauci, Niti Aayog member Dr. VK Paul told the media on Thursday that the Ministry of Health and leading experts have emphasized that there is no room for laxity. They have said that serological surveys show a large number of vulnerable populations and that the virus cannot be considered to have disappeared.
States and UTs such as Uttarakhand, J&K, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Ladakh and Tripura have coverage of more than 50% of the first dose of vaccines among the population over 45 years.
With around 88% of deaths recorded in people in this group, increased immunization may be critical to reducing mortality. Dr. Paul also said that India had reached the 18 crore vaccination mark in less time than the United States.
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.