Vaccination phase 4 rollout unlikely before mid-May in Karnataka
Although the Centre has introduced that vaccination for individuals in the 18-45 years class will probably be rolled out from May 1 and has additionally opened up registrations on the CoWIN portal, it isn’t more likely to start before mid-May in Karnataka.
Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday introduced that the fourth phase of the vaccination drive can be taken up “in stages” in the State.
Not spelling out the rollout date, he stated in an announcement that the State authorities was procuring one crore doses of vaccine. “Work order has been placed to procure one crore additional doses of vaccine. The fourth phase of vaccination will be taken up in stages as and when the State gets supply,” the assertion stated.
Pointing out that pharmaceutical corporations have been enhancing their manufacturing capability to fulfill the elevated demand, the Chief Minister’s assertion stated a 3rd vaccine (aside from Covishield and Covaxin) was additionally being launched in the nation. “Under these circumstances, the vaccination drive will continue based on the availability of vaccine. The drive will be planned to ensure systematic, disciplined, and smooth implementation,” he stated.
Mr. Yediyurappa additionally stated that whereas the State had managed to beat the primary wave with minimal losses, the second wave was “testing our capacity”.
Official sources stated that vaccine producers had made it clear that they may negotiate future orders solely after assembly their prior vaccine dedication to the Union authorities.
So far, the Centre has provided 99.4 lakh doses of vaccine to the State, and 93.5 lakh doses have been administered. “The State as of now has a stock of 5.9 lakh vaccine doses, which is required to administer the second dose. There is no stock to start the fourth phase on May 1. The manufacturers have made it clear that they cannot deliver the State’s new order before mid-May,” a senior well being official stated.
However, Health Commissioner K.V. Trilok Chandra stated the date of rollout can be introduced on Friday. (*4*) he stated.