Amid lack of vaccine supplies and uncertainty over availability in the next few weeks, several States have postponed the scheduled May 1 roll out of Phase III of COVID-19 immunisation for those between 18-45 years. Maharashtra said the rollout would begin as scheduled but depend on supplies.
The process was also hit by the Centre’s directive that private hospitals are required to return unused vaccines meant for those over the age of 45. Not just Maharashtra but many states have flagged the shortage of vaccines and expressed their inability to start vaccination of people above 18 years from today.
List of states where full fledge COVID-19 vaccine drive will not begin on May 1:
Jammu and Kashmir
However, registrations for Vaccination on CoWIN portal will open for everyone those are in 18-45 age group.
According to the data available with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country administered around 64.36 million doses in the first three months this year —3.71 million in January; 10.05 million in February; and 50.60 million doses in March.
There are also reports emerging that the priority group i.e. those above 45 years, is also not getting vaccines despite pre-booked appointments.
The MoHFW in a statement dismissed the allegation as raised by several states regarding shortages of vaccines. In a statement, the ministry said that it had provided 159.60 million doses of vaccines so far to states and Union Territories at free of cost.
It further added that around 148.98 million doses waste. Several states such as Delhi, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab have already declared their inability to start the COVID-19 vaccination above 18 years, citing shortages of adequate doses of vaccine.