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Kerala, West Bengal, used “extra dose” and reported negative vaccine waste | India News


NEW DELHI: The exemplary performance of Kerala and West Bengal, which recorded negative vaccine waste (-6.3% and -5.4%), saving 1.1 lakh and 1.6 lakh of doses respectively, shows that it is optimal use and diligent vaccine supply management possible, the center said. government officials.
In fact, the two states reported negative wastage of Covid vaccines by making use of the “extra dose” available as a waste factor in each vial.
Official May data shows Kerala and West Bengal in stark contrast to states like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, which recorded a high 33.9% and 15.7% waste respectively.
Waste for other states is less, but still on the higher side, as in Madhya Pradesh (7.3%) and Punjab (7%). With better results, but still below the optimal 1% suggested by the Center, are Delhi (3.9%), Gujarat (3.6%), Rajasthan (3.9%) and UP (3.7%) .
Government sources said that the final balance of shootings with various states was 212 lakh. During the month, there was a low vaccination rate due to a switch to a new procurement system, since it was abandoned, and fear of infection that kept people indoors. The final balance of vaccines was less than 80 lakh in April.
However, it was highest in February and March, the latter marked by a sense of misplaced complacency that the infection had subsided. This had meant that the vaccination places were not used. First dose coverage of the 45+ population is 38%, with Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam lagging at levels below 30%. The best performing states include Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Second-dose coverage among frontline workers is 45%, with Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Bengal, Kerala and MP the best performing states. The coverage of the first dose is 84%. It is worrying that the coverage of the second dose for health workers is only 56%, while for the first dose it is 81%.

Times of India