Karnataka faces vax shortage, BBMP may run out of stock in 3 days | Bengaluru News - Times of India

Karnataka faces vax shortage, BBMP may run out of stock in 3 days | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19 infections, vaccination may have to be paused in Karnataka if it doesn’t receive its next consignment of 12 lakh doses in the next couple of days.
Several hospitals in Bengaluru have either received very few vaccine vials or none at all.
At several sites, senior citizens were sent back as there has been no supply from BBMP.
While the state has targeted vaccinating 3 lakh persons a day, it may not meet the mark due to the acute shortage. Health commissioner KV Trilok Chandra said the state has been waiting for 12 lakh doses of Covishield and they could land this week. The state has so far received 31 lakh doses, including 3.9 lakh doses of Covaxin.
Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association president Dr HM Prasanna said some of its hospitals have faced vaccine shortage.
“No vaccine was supplied to my hospital for the past two days but we got it on Monday. At this pace, we’ll take years to cover all the vulnerable populations,” Dr Prasanna, who heads Pristine hospital in Bengaluru West, said.
‘Vaccine to be redistributed among zones’
Trilok Chandra said: “The highest vaccinations we did in a day was 2.5 lakh. We also did 1.7 lakh and 1.8 lakh on two days last week. Our target is to cover 3 lakh to 3.5 lakh persons a day.”
Asked about current stocks and how long they’ll suffice, he said it varies from place to place. “Wherever there is a shortage, we move supplies from our central storage unit in the health department, Bengaluru, Koppal, Tumakuru and other districts. BBMP has stocks in cold chain points but it’s fast exhausting them.”
The health department has redistributed vaccine doses depending on increased demand in certain districts; 20,000 doses of Covishield were moved from Bengaluru Urban district to BBMP on Monday.
Within BBMP limits too, vaccine stocks are forcing redistribution.
“BBMP has received 6.5 lakh doses of Covishield and 50,240 doses of Covaxin. The city has so far used over 5.6 lakh doses. We’re now left with close to 80,000 doses and we’ve asked the department for more. There is no shortage but the situation calls for redistribution among zones,” said Rajendra Cholan P, special commissioner, health, BBMP.
BBMP has 29,000 doses in private hospitals and 50,000 doses in government cold chain units.
“Earlier, we’d allot doses for one week to private hospitals.It has now been restricted, and we now supply daily. Some hospitals have exceeded their target. At primary health centres in outlying zones like Mahadevapura, there is more vaccine and few takers. We have moved stocks from outlying areas to interior zones,” Cholan said.


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