August 1, 2021

Karnataka Temporarily Suspends Vaccination For 18-44 Age Group, Will Prioritise Second Dose


Owing to the brief provide of Covid vaccines, Karnataka on Wednesday determined to ‘briefly droop’ vaccination drive for these aged between 18 to 44 years.

In a sequence of tweets, the Karnataka Well being division stated that the state authorities has determined that the vaccine procured immediately by the state authorities for vaccination of individuals between 18 and 44 years too will probably be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who’re due for the second dose.

“Subsequently, all vaccines obtainable with the state authorities i.e. equipped by union authorities and procured immediately by state will probably be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries due for second dose,” the Karnataka well being division tweet defined.

The Well being division added that vaccination drives for the 18 to 44 age group, together with those that have already booked appointments will probably be briefly suspended from Could 14 until additional orders.

In line with the well being division, the state authorities on Could 7 had determined to utilise the whole provide of vaccines offered by the union authorities for vaccination of individuals above 45 years, for vaccinating beneficiaries who have been due for second dose.

“However underneath the modified circumstances and extreme scarcity of vaccine, the vaccine procured immediately by the state authorities for vaccination of individuals between 18 to 44 years too will probably be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who’re due for second dose,” a senior well being division official instructed reporters on the situation of anonymity.

The well being division added that this order will probably be relevant for Covid vaccination in any respect state-run Covid vaccination centres within the state.

As of now, solely two vaccines manufactured by Pune based mostly Serum Institute of India (SII) and Hyderabad based mostly Bharat Biotech are allowed in India for mass inoculation programme, however these corporations are struggling to satisfy the nation’s overwhelming demand for vaccines amid the ferocious second wave that has seen India’s Covid burden go up manifold.

Karnataka symbolically launched anti-Covid vaccination drive on Could 1 however ever because it has did not take off attributable to brief provide of vaccines.

Karnataka Well being minister, Okay. Sudhkar was first to state on April 30 that it was higher to place off the launch of the drive on Could 1 because the state had not obtained required inventory and this was even endorsed by Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa on that day. However, Yediyurappa the following day launched the vaccination drive symbolically on Could 1.

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