Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asks PM to allow vax for all aged above 25 | Mumbai News - Times of India

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asks PM to allow vax for all aged above 25 | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to allow vaccination for everyone aged above 25 years as inoculating a higher number of young and working population could reduce the intensity of the Covid-19 spread. In Maharashtra, more than 38% of the 30.5 lakh cases have been reported from the age groups of 21-40 years that currently do not qualify to get the vaccine.
Thackeray has also asked the Centre for 1.5 crore doses to vaccinate the population over 45 in six districts currently seeing a surge. “Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad can be covered in a matter of three weeks if 1.5 crore doses are made available to the state,” the CM wrote, adding Maharashtra has administered the highest doses by any state so far. Till Sunday, around 76.9 lakh doses were administered, with a record high of 4.6 lakh being given on a single day on April 3.
This is the second instance where Maharashtra has asked the Centre to lower the age barrier and allow younger people to get vaccinated. Prior to this, deputy CM Ajit Pawar had asked the Centre to make an exception for Maharashtra and allow vaccination for all above 18 years. The Centre did not respond to the request, though its decision to allow vaccination for all above 45 years, irrespective of comorbidities, came shortly after Thackeray’s formal appeal.
Doctors have backed the state’s move. Dr Avinash Supe, who heads the Covid death audit committee, said nearly 50 of the around 740 deaths from MMR were among people below 45. “Around 15-20% of them had some comorbidities, but the rest were healthy. Some succumbed due to late arrival while others due to complications,” he said.
Infectious diseases expert Dr Om Srivastava said, “Infections among adolescents and young adults have grown in a big way. At least the young with comorbidities should be given the vaccine,” he said. Dr Subhash Salunkhe, an advisor to the state, said the Centre should make an exception for Maharashtra by allowing vaccination of people above 25.
Meanwhile, vaccination picked up in Mumbai on Monday with 52,740 jabs compared with 28,000 on Sunday.

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