Several states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Delhi, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh are unlikely to start vaccinating people in the age group of 18-45 years from May 1. The development comes as the country is struggling to keep up the pace of immunisation due to vaccine shortage.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group in the state will start latest by May 15 instead and not May 1 as ordered by the Centre. The state government has said that the process to vaccinate people of this age group will begin once it gets a substantial number of vaccines from the vaccine makers.
Notably, Gujarat has earlier placed an order of 1.5 crore COVID-19 vaccines. Out of it 1 crore vaccines have been ordered from Serum Institute of India, whereas the remaining 50 lakh vaccines have been ordered from Bharat Biotech. While the Serum Institute manufactures ‘Covishield’, Bharat Biotech manufactures Covaxin.
However, the state has later placed an order of another 1 crore doses from Serum Institute. Thus, Gujarat’s total order stands at 2.5 crore jabs.
Vaccination status in Gujarat
Gujarat is one of the leading states as far as implementation of the COVID-19 immunisation drive is concerned. The state has administered 1.22 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, according to the latest data of the Union health ministry. Out of it, 98.74 lakh are first doses, whereas 23.78 lakh are second doses of the vaccines.
As far as India is concerned, 15.22 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Out of it, 22.24 lakh jabs were administered on Thursday.
COVID-19 situation in Gujarat
COVID cases in Gujarat touched 14,327 new infections per day in the last 24 hours on Thursday. In all, 9,544 patients were discharged during the same period. 180 deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 25 and 18 deaths each while 11 and 13 deaths each were recorded in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot respectively.
All other districts except Kheda, Navsari, Tapi, Aravali, Chhota Udepur, Ahmedabad, Narmada and Porbandar registered COVID fatalities. The state at present has 1,37,794 active cases of which 572 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 4,08,368 patients while the fatality stands at 7,010.
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