In absence of clear guidelines, private players have said they will continue to place direct orders with manufacturers to procure doses after June 21. Between June 7 and 21, the central government has stopped vaccine supply to all states and the private sector.
On Wednesday, BMC issued a notice to Hiranandani Heritage society to provide details of vaccination, the MoU signed with the hospital and registration form sent to the BMC before the drive. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani has ordered a probe.
Since May 1, 24.98 lakh people in the 18-44 age group have received their first dose in Maharashtra, 1.92 lakh have got the second dose. Except for the few thousand doses that government centres administered in early May, most have paid for their jabs in the private sector.
Under the earlier vaccine policy when states and private players were allowed to buy 25 per cent each of the vaccine output directly from manufacturers, Maharashtra had procured 25.10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in May.
The Union government has capped handling charges at Rs 150 per vaccine dose over and above procurement cost for private hospitals. This will bring down cost of per Covishield dose to Rs 780, which earlier cost a recipient Rs 800-1,100. Covaxin per dose will now cost Rs 1,410.
Maharashtra on Sunday added 618 deaths to its tally, taking the total death toll due to Covid to 1,00,130. Of the total deaths registered on Sunday, 167 were reported in the last 48 hours, 66 in the last week and 385 from the period before that.
Nine corporate hospital groups cumulatively bought 60.57 lakh doses of the total 1.20 crore doses of vaccines procured by private hospitals in the first full month since the Central government revised its vaccine policy and opened it to the market.
Shortage of Amphotericin B injections, in some cases dearth of specialist doctors, is forcing patients for inter-city and inter-state travel to seek mucormycosis treatment. In the process, the treatment cost is scaling up to lakhs.
Maharahstra and BMC officials said they directly wrote to all manufacturers but have not received any response. They have received responses only from facilitator firms which claim tie-ups with manufacturers, with an assured supply.
The BMC issued a circular late Monday night allowing lactating mothers and pregnant women to skip registering an online slot and get preference along with specially abled persons and senior citizens in vaccination centres.
Maharashtra's monthly requirement for the drug has grown 100 times, from 3,000 during pre-pandemic days to three lakh injections, as of now. Pharmaceutical companies seem to be incapable of servicing this increased demand.