BHUBANESWAR: Caught in a catch-22 state of affairs over slowing down vaccination of 18-44 age group individuals amidst scarcity of doses, the State authorities is set to divert its surplus Covaxin doses for the section in Bhubaneswar.
Well being division sources stated the Capital metropolis has a inventory of three.45 lakh doses of Covaxin that had been provided for 45 plus age group by the Centre. Because the section is already principally coated within the metropolis, the federal government had requested the Union Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare to permit utilizing the excess inventory for overlaying the 18 plus group on non permanent mortgage foundation.
“Because the Centre has not but denied permission, we’re considering to make use of the inventory for the 18-44 age group. The doses will be compensated as soon as the State allocation is streamlined,” stated a senior well being official.
The State has a inventory of solely 2,440 doses of Covaxin (completely for Bhubaneswar) and a couple of,290 doses of Covishield (for all different components of the State) beneath its personal procurement.
Although Bharat Biotech has dedicated to provide 26,000 doses of Covaxin by June 7 and Serum India will ship 2,27,750 doses of Covishield by June 9 for the 18-44 age group, the inventory is unlikely to fulfill the requirement.
State to divert Covaxin doses for 18+ age group in Metropolis
To date, Odisha has acquired round 7.44 lakh doses of each the vaccines for a focused inhabitants of 17.22 lakh of 18 years plus in 11 cities/cities. Of the focused 5.17 lakh beneficiaries within the metropolis, thus far round 32 computer have acquired the primary dose.
Within the second section, 5.88 lakh individuals of the age group can be coated in 11 extra cities – Angul, Balangir, Balasore, Bhadrak, Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Chhatrapur (Ganjam), Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur.
In the meantime, the federal government has deferred the date for opening of worth bid for world e-tender for procuring Covid vaccines until June 9. Solely two bids have been acquired thus far and are beneath analysis.