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Amid COVID surge, SMC stops vaccine drive in Surat for a day due to shortage

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Surat, which is facing a surge in COVID cases prompting the health department to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, is witnessing a vaccine shortage. As per available reports, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has stopped the vaccination drive for a day after it fell short of the needed vaccines.

Earlier the SMC had aggressively increased the vaccination with a target of over 35,000 people being vaccinated in a day. But reports said the target was unattainable as the civic body was facing a vaccine shortage. Lack of effective distribution on Sunday had resulted in many people being refused vaccines at the vaccination centres in subsequent days.

The SMC has announced that all vaccine centers at government and private hospitals will remain closed on Wednesday (April 7). Vaccination will resume from Thursday onwards.

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COVID in Surat

Surat Municipal Corporation registered 615 COVID cases while Surat district also recorded 196 cases on Tuesday. It has has over 69,000 cases so far. The health department has transferred the Surat Civil Hospital superintendent following a meeting to discuss the surge in COVID cases in the city. Surat Civil Superintendent Dr. SM Patel has been replaced with Dr. Ragini Verma.

Over 70.38 lakh, people have been given the first dose of the vaccine while over 8.47 lakh have received the second dose of vaccine. In all, over 78 lakh people have received the vaccine so far, one of the highest in the country.

In the last 24 hours, 2.75 lakh people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 years of age but suffering from serious illness were vaccinated for the first dose. 29,886 people in the age group got the second dose of vaccine today. Banaskantha saw 34,850 COVID vaccines being given in a day, the highest in Gujarat. Surat Municipal Corporation had vaccinated as 22,376 people while Ahmedabad Corporation limits saw 22,712 people getting the shots.

 

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