Updated: July 22, 2021 10:47:56 am
Several vaccine centres of Pune Municipal Corporation, which have been shut for four days after they ran out of Covishield doses, will resume free vaccinations on Thursday after the civic body received 21,000 doses on Wednesday. The stock is expected to last for a day or two at its 185 centres that administer Covishield.
Since Sunday, only six vaccine centres of the total 191 run by the PMC have been operational, as these centres administer Covaxin doses.
However, vaccination has been going on smoothly at private hospitals in the city, which have sufficient stock of Covishield and where beneficiaries have to pay for the dose.
“The PMC has over 190 vaccination centres across the city. The civic body has been administering more doses of Covishield vaccines than Covaxin, as per availability. The civic body has not received fresh stock of Covishield doses since July 17. Vaccination centres of PMC administering Covishield doses have been closed for four days,” said a civic officer.
Despite non-availability of Covishield doses for PMC, a total of 11,742 residents in PMC limits were inoculated on Monday — 1,800 with Covaxin doses in six civic centres, and the rest with Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik doses in private hospitals.
As on July 19, a total of 22,30,053 vaccine doses have been administered in the city since the launch of the vaccine drive on January 16. “Half of the total doses administered till now have been done by private hospitals through their paid service. Around 10 lakh doses have been administered by private hospitals and they still have stock of around 2.5 lakh doses,” said the civic officer.
According to the PMC, till July 15, 7,23,270 citizens in the 18-44 age group, 3,95,752 in the 45-60 age group and 3,20,245 senior citizens have been administered the first dose of the vaccine. As many as 5,15,252 residents of PMC areas have received both doses of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Gopal Tiwari said the central government had announced free vaccination for all but failed to provide sufficient doses to the PMC. “The private hospitals are getting more doses than government centres and citizens have no option but to get the paid vaccine,” he alleged.
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