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Vaccination for all above 18 in Punjab may get delayed: Minister

Chandigarh, April 29

The vaccination drive for all above 18 years in Punjab might get delayed because the state doesn’t have sufficient doses of the anti-coronavirus vaccine, its Well being Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated on Thursday.

The inoculation drive for these between 18 and 45 years of age was scheduled to begin from Might 1.

“We’re not getting enough doses of vaccines. That’s the reason we face issues. Now we have employees and required infrastructure for vaccination,” Sidhu stated addressing the media right here.

Requested whether or not the state well being authorities will be capable of begin the vaccination drive for the 18 plus age group from Might 1, the minister stated, “I really feel that we might not begin by that point.”

The state authorities had positioned an order for 30 lakh Covishield doses with the Serum institute of India for vaccination of the 18-45 age group.

“On Wednesday, we acquired two lakh doses and previous to that day, we obtained 1.50 lakh doses. However we don’t have any intimation how a lot we’re getting at the moment and tomorrow. If we get no less than 10 lakh doses of vaccine, then we will begin this programme,” Sidhu stated.

“If we now have the vaccine, then we will vaccinate folks,” he added.

Punjab had earlier additionally complained of scarcity of vaccine for the 45 plus class and had urged the Centre to provide 15 lakh doses every week for the state.

As a result of a scarcity of the vaccine, the state authorities even needed to droop the vaccination drive at a number of centres.

The well being minister on Thursday stated the state can also be going through a scarcity of medical oxygen.

In opposition to the requirement of 300 metric tonnes per day, the state is getting 105 MT from the Centre and 36 MT from different sources, he stated.

“There’s a large hole,” he stated, including that the state authorities was making all efforts to rearrange medical oxygen for COVID-19 sufferers.

The Punjab authorities has already ordered the closure of commercial operations in an effort to divert oxygen for medical use.

Amid a surge in coronavirus instances and fatalities, Sidhu appealed to folks to observe COVID-appropriate behaviour.

Punjab on Wednesday had reported 142 deaths, the very best ever fatality rely in a day for the reason that outbreak of COVID-19, pushing the toll to eight,772.

The an infection tally on Wednesday stood at 3,58,186. PTI 

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