New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the high demand for COVID-19 vaccines across the country, several government-run vaccination centres in Delhi will remain closed today as the city has run out of its stock of the Covishield vaccine, officials said. As per the data by the Delhi Health authorities, the national capital had 19,000 doses of Covishield and 2,39,000 doses of Covaxin on Monday morning. Out of which, only 36,310 vaccine doses could be administered till 10 pm on Monday as opposed to around 1.5 lakh of the daily average. 

Raising the issue of shortage of Covid vaccines in the city, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that why the COVID-19 vaccination program faltering after so many days as he alleged that the Centre is providing them vaccine doses for a day a two and they have to shut the vaccination centres for days. 

Sisodia tweeted, "Vaccines have run out in Delhi again. The central government gives vaccines for a day or two, then we have to keep the vaccine centres closed for several days. Why is our country's vaccine programme faltering even after so many days?".

This is not the first time when Delhi government has raised the issue of a vaccine shortage. Earlier also, the Delhi government had attacked the Centre for not providing an adequate number of vaccine doses for the vaccination drive against COVID-19. Apart from Delhi, several states including Maharashtra have also reported the vaccine shortage. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state needs a minimum of three crore vaccine doses per month to inoculate the entire eligible population against coronavirus at the earliest. 

As per the data provided on CoWIN portal, the vaccinations have witnessed a significant drop across the country since June 21 when the new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced. According to the data, an average of 61.14 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered daily in the week from June 21-27 which dropped to 41.92 lakh doses daily in the subsequent week from June 28-July 4. In the week from July 5 to July 11, the daily average vaccine doses number further dipped to 34.32 lakh doses.

States such as Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh showed a decline in average daily vaccinations since the week from June 21-27 while a mixed trend in the administration of daily doses of COVID-19 was seen in states and UTs like Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Jammu and Kashmir, according to CoWIN data.

On Monday, the Health Ministry said over 1.54 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered. The cumulative vaccine doses administered so far has reached 37.73 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan