The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagere Palike (BBMP) has given an official declaration about exhaustion of Covaxin on Tuesday for the age group above 45 years who are fighting to complete the course with the second dose over the past few days.
A BBMP official who requested anonymity said, “The BBMP has only 80,000 doses left, not counting doses administered on Wednesday as these vials arrived yesterday. We need 20,000 to 30,000 vaccine doses a day at 151 centres. We exhausted the Covaxin stock on Tuesday.”
Health Minister K Sudhakar posted on Twitter that Karnataka has surpassed one crore doses of vaccination but did not emphasize on the shortage. As of now, the state of Karnataka has received 1, 05, 49, 970 doses from the Union Government and the state government has got obtained three lakh doses.
According to Co-WIN dashboard at 08:45 pm on Wednesday, as of now, 1, 01, 43, 653 doses have been vaccinated, and it clearly implies the remnant stock is 4, 06, 317 doses. Chitradurga district has administered 2, 50, 553 doses till 08:50 pm on Wednesday. Kumaraswamy RM, District Immunisation Officer revealed to DH, “Yesterday, we received 14,000 doses. Per day, we need 10,000 to 11,000 doses on average for 192 centres. We have been allocated 3,100 Covaxin doses which we are told will come on Thursday.”
“As many as 26,100 people got the first dose of Covaxin. We must plan the second dose. They finished their four-week gap three-four days back. We have to give it in phases,” he further added.
Jayashree ME, District Immunization Officer, Bagalkot, said, “We distributed the 14,000 doses we received yesterday to all the taluks. But our Covaxin doses were exhausted four days back. The government says it will take four more days to come. Around 51,000 people are awaiting the second dose of Covaxin. We’ve been instructed to prioritise them.”
For the ones who have administered the second dose are also struggling for it. Srivatsan Parameshwar (54), a resident from Jayanagar revealed that he visited 5 centres throughout the city for procuring the second dose. He said, “Though Co-WIN portal gives an appointment for a second dose when you go to the vaccination centre, they say no stocks. BBMP centres have 100-200 people thronging there and they have stocks only for 60. Unless you stand in a queue at 7 am, you won’t get it, even as they open at 10 am. Many of them went back as they couldn’t get a second shot.”
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