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Gujarat curtails vaccination drive for 18+, only to be launched in 10 districts from May 1

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In a fresh development, the Gujarat government has decided to go for a curtailed vaccination drive from May 1, with the supply of vaccines being a major constraint. With just 3 lakh doses of COVID vaccine likely to arrive in the state on Friday evening, the state government has decided to start the vaccination for the 18-45 age group only in 10 worst-affected districts.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a video message said that the vaccination drive for the 18-plus population will begin in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Kutch, Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Bharuch. He said that more districts will be covered in a phased manner as vaccine supply improves.

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The government has clarified that only those who have registered for the vaccine and taken an appointment and have got an SMS invitation will only be vaccinated. The state government has clarified that those who have registered, but have not got the SMS invitation should not turn up at the vaccination centre because they will not be vaccinated.

Gujarat’s vaccine supply

Gujarat has placed orders of 2.5 crore vaccine jabs to take care of its population. Out of it, an order of 2 crore jabs has been placed with Pune-based Serum Institute of India that is manufacturing ‘Covishield’—a jab developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The remaining 50 lakh jabs have been ordered from Bharat Biotech that is manufacturing ‘Covaxin’—a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the company in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research.

According to the chief minister, 3 lakh shots will be arriving in Gujarat on Friday evening by air. He said that another 11 lakh jabs will be made available to Gujarat in May and efforts are afoot to increase the supply of COVID vaccine so that more and more people could be immunised against the deadly virus.

 

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