As per the state’s records, close to 42 lakh have been administered the Covidshield vaccine while just over six lakh have received Covaxin
HYDERABAD: With about 41 lakh people across the state due for their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, of whom around 10 lakh people will become due in the next ten days, the health department is prioritising the administration of second dose to those aged 45 and above.
The current vaccine stock data shows that the state has around 90,000 doses in hand and has halted supply to private hospitals. Administering first doses to people will be a tough call for the government till vaccine supplies from Centre improves.
The state government had written to the Union government to increase the supply of vaccines to Telangana, especially after it opened the vaccination drive to 18-44-yearolds. So far, close to 48 lakh persons have been administered the vaccine in the state. Of them, just over six lakh have been administered both doses while over 41 lakh are due for their second dose.
As per the state’s records, close to 42 lakh have been administered the Covidshield vaccine while just over six lakh have received Covaxin. The highest number of doses have been administered in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), with 6.3 lakh doses administered. Of these. 1.3 lakh persons were administered Covaxin doses.
Verification by TOI revealed that barring one or two major groups, most private hospitals have no clarity as to how they should go about to procure vaccines directly from the companies. “We have to wait and see. Until then (till vaccines are procured), the vaccination drive for any age group will be difficult at private centres across the state,” a top officials from a leading private hospital said.
Providing clarification on the administration of vaccine doses, public health director Dr Srinivas Rao said that while the same vaccine has to be taken for the second dose, it can be taken at any centre. “There is no need for a person taking the first dose at a particular centre, either government or private, to take the second dose too at the same centre. They can go to any centre where vaccines are available,” he said.