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Limited vaccines available, Delhi reserves its Covishield stock only for second dose till July 31

Covaxin has already been available in a limited capacity for first doses due to limited supply, with only 20% of the stocks to be used for first doses.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 23, 2021 8:17:04 am
Doses of the Covishield vaccine (Express Photo)

All slots for the administration of the Covishield vaccine at Delhi government centres will be reserved for second doses till July 31 due to vaccine shortage, the family welfare directorate ordered on Thursday.

“Vaccination of 18 to 44 cohort began on 1st May 2021 and with the completion of the 84-day interval for the second dose of Covishield, many of them would now become eligible for the second dose in coming weeks. In view of the limited supply of vaccines, all slots, both for online booking and for walk-in vaccination in the sessions being planned in Government CVCs administering Covishield vaccine will be reserved for the second dose with immediate effect till July 31, 2021,” read the order.

According to the Delhi government’s vaccine bulletin released on Wednesday, as of that morning, the government had 1,08,300 Covishield doses remaining with it. Covaxin has already been available in a limited capacity for first doses due to limited supply, with only 20% of the stocks to be used for first doses.

So far across all categories, Delhi has administered 72,36,957 first doses and 22,95,732. According to the Wednesday bulletin, 2,20,684 second doses have been administered in the 18-44 category.

As per the Delhi government’s estimate, a total of 92 lakh people in the 18-44 category and 57 lakh people above 45 years of age need to be vaccinated in Delhi.

Delhi’s vaccination programme had peaked between June 06-July 2, during which a total of 10.9 lakh vaccines were administered in the city. The highest number of vaccines in a single day was administered on June 26, when 2.07 lakh people were vaccinated. However, there has been a downward slide since then.

Soon after this peak, the Delhi government has been raising alarm over the low stock of vaccines. In stark contrast to the numbers on June 26, only 25,990 doses were administered on July 19, 72,007 on July 20 and 63,406 on July 21. July 21 was also the first day since the start of the vaccine drive that more second doses were administered than first doses: 33,443-second doses and 29,963 first doses.

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