Updated: July 15, 2021 7:57:51 pm
For the third time in four days this week, the Gurgaon health department administered only second doses of Covishield and Covaxin at its vaccination sites on Thursday, with only first doses of Sputnik-V being administered at the Polyclinic in Sector 31.
As per health department data, so far this week, Tuesday was the only day where people were administered the first dose of the two Covid vaccines at government sites, with officials attributing this to a shortage of vaccines. Vaccination has, however, proceeded as usual at private hospitals.
“We are doing only second doses of Covishield and Covaxin today, but we have increased the number of sites in comparison to Wednesday. We keep getting fresh stocks, like on Wednesday, we received 3,000 doses of Covaxin. Today, we expect to get between 15,000 and 20,000 doses of Covishield,” said Gurgaon Civil Surgeon Dr Virender Yadav on Thursday morning.
“However, the problem is these will run out quickly. Covaxin will finish today itself, and if we get 15 or 16,000 doses of Covishield, it will last two days if we administer 100 doses at each site, and one day if we administer 200 doses per site,” he said.
As a result of both first and second doses being administered only on Tuesday, the number of vaccinations that took place on the day was also significantly higher. While 17,187 people were vaccinated on Tuesday, this figure was only 11,999 on Monday and 13,309 on Wednesday. The lowest count of the week, however, was recorded on Thursday, when only 7,483 vaccines were administered.
“We need a minimum of 10,000 doses per day. Our average has been 9,000 from day one. But ideally, we need an average of 20,000-25,000 doses every day,” said Yadav.
Gurgaon has been facing a shortage of vaccines since last Tuesday. As a result, on Sunday, the health department actually had to call off vaccination at government sites in order to gather its entire stock and plan for the coming days.
The number of vaccinations has also seen a drop in the last two weeks. While 1,79,678 people were vaccinated between June 28 and July 4, this number stood at only 76,947 between July 5 and July 11. In the first four days of this week, 49,978 people have been vaccinated.
With stocks having been replenished on Thursday, however, officials said vaccines will be administered at 88 sites on Friday. For Covaxin, officials said only second doses will be administered, with four sites being reserved for the purpose.
As per health department data, 16,07,944 people have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine in Gurgaon so far – this in a district that has a ‘potential population’ of 17,40,740, implying that over 90 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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