Stock of 12-13 lakh doses last for 3 days now: Maharashtra health minister | Pune News – Times of India


PUNE: State health minister Rajesh Tope said the state has sought 40 lakh vaccine doses per week to meet the desired target of vaccinating nearly 6 lakh people every day. The state was currently vaccinating 4.5 lakh people every day and so a stock of 12-13 lakh doses would last for three days.
“We have accepted the challenge that Union minister Prakash Javdekar had given to us: to scale up testing and vaccinating 6 lakh people a day. But the Centre should now match their supply pace to our vaccination speed,” said Tope.
Tope confirmed many vaccination centres in the state had to shut due to lack of the vaccine. “There is an increased demand for Covaxin, but that too is inadequate,” said Tope. “Most of those infected now are in the age group of 25 to 40 and the Centre should universalise vaccination, especially in Maharashtra,” he said.
Maharashtra currently vaccinates nearly 4.5 lakh people every day, but Tope said the target is now being revised to 6 lakh daily. On Tuesday, due to a widespread shortage of doses, the state was able to vaccinate only about 3.88 lakh eligible beneficiaries. “There’s a tremendous shortage in some districts. Many sites were forced to send people back without jabs on Tuesday,” the health minister said.
State health secretary Pradeep Vyas said he has written to Centre for fresh supply. “We wrote that after April 9, most districts would have run out of vaccines.”
(With inputs from Sumitra Deb Roy & Bhavika Jain)

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