The Maharashtra authorities on Friday introduced that it could take again COVID-19 vaccines from non-public hospitals and administer these doses to folks by way of state-run well being centres solely.
State Well being Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned the federal government has determined to take action it as per the Centre’s orders.
“The Maharashtra authorities goes to take again the vaccines given to personal hospitals for the inoculation drive as per the Centre’s orders. These vaccine doses will then be administered to beneficiaries by way of state-run hospitals and centres solely,” he mentioned.
Speaking in regards to the vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group that’s supposed to start out from Might 1 as per the central authorities’s directions, Mr Tope mentioned, “We have to scale back the variety of vaccination centres in order that it may provide the doses easily on day by day foundation.”
“We’ve got been advised by the vaccine makers that as much as 18 lakh vials may very well be equipped to Maharashtra within the month of Might. In such scenario, the state is planning to arrange one centre per district to inoculate folks in opposition to COVID-19,” he mentioned.
Mr Tope insisted that folks ought to go to the vaccination centre with prior appointment.
It’ll keep away from crowding and each one will get the dose, he added.
“Until we get satisfactory provide of vaccines, we can not improve the protection of inhabitants. An in depth assertion about it will likely be made by the chief minister,” Mr Tope mentioned.
Commenting on the vaccine procurement coverage, he mentioned, “The Centre goes to purchase 50 per cent of the whole vials produced by the producers. Now, the essential query is who ought to get the vaccines from the remaining 50 per cent quota, which the Centre has allowed to be bought on to the state governments and hospitals. I believe the cental authorities must intervene right here as effectively.”
Each state is reporting a surge in COVID-19 instances, which suggests extra demand for vaccines, he mentioned, including that the central authorities must give you some coverage so that each state will get an equal share of doses.