Maharashtra accounts for 10% of 8 crore vax doses in country | Mumbai News - Times of India

Maharashtra accounts for 10% of 8 crore vax doses in country | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Maharashtra, the country’s worst-hit state, has become the first to administer more than eight million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The state accounts for 10% of the 8.3 crore vaccine doses given in the country-the highest among states-since the January 16 rollout. Maharashtra is much ahead of Gujarat (76.9 lakh) and Rajasthan (72.9 lakh) in vaccination.

Parts of the state, though, have started reeling under vaccine shortage, a point raised by public health minister Rajesh Tope with union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.
Tope told the Centre Maharashtra has scaled up vaccination to cover over 4 lakh beneficiaries in a day, but it was left with only 19 lakh doses that will suffice three-fours days. “There are many centres where vaccination has stopped due to lack of doses. People are going back just because the Centre has not supplied adequate doses. It is very embarrassing to send back senior citizens without vaccination,” he said.
As on Tuesday, Maharashtra had administered vaccinated 81.2 lakh doses, including nearly 15 lakh in Mumbai. Nearly 75 lakh people have got the first dose and a little over 8 lakh both among the estimated 3 crore-plus target population.
Chief secretary Sitaram Kunte chaired a meeting with top state officials to discuss ways to speed up the drive. Average vaccination is 12.3%, though districts such as Bhandara, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Gondia, Washim and Wardha are vaccinating much more.
Union health officials said India, which is vaccinating 26 lakh people a day, was second only to US’s 30 lakh. Within the country, Maharashtra has been contributing to over 4 lakh vaccinations since a week. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said states have been given the flexibility to design micro strategies. Data presented by principal health secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas shows the state has used 88 lakh of the 1.1 crore doses received. On Tuesday, Mumbai vaccinated 50,594, taking the count to 14.6 lakh. (With Bhavika Jain)


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