Hundreds of residents wait for the Covid vaccine to be administered at the King Koti Hospital on Friday
HYDERABAD: S Venkata Ramana of Brahmin Basthi in Secunderabad was supposed to get his second dose of Covishield before May 6. Since vaccines slots are not available in all hospitals and primary health centres in the city, he booked his vaccine dose at Kothur PHC in Mahbubnagar and got his jab.
This is not an isolated case. With non-availability of vaccines in the city till month end, several people are going to neighbouring districts such as Mahbubnagar, Sanga Reddy, Ranga Reddy, Medak and Vikarabad for vaccines where slots are available. Some hospitals in Patancheru and Sadashivapet in Sanga Reddy are within 50 km from the city.
Sources said that in the city, the government has been allotting only 100 doses to selected primary health centres each day and 200 doses to big hospitals in view of shortage. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday informed PM Narendra Modi the state requires 2 lakh to 2.5 lakh doses every day, and it has not been getting enough doses.
Health department officials said the slots are lying vacant in rural areas as many people don’t know how to book slots online as the government slot booking on CoWin website is mandatory. Secondly there are not many takers in rural areas as there is a hesitancy among people on taking the vaccine.
Interestingly, vaccines slots were available till Thursday in some government hospitals like Panjesha in the Old City, but were filled as people from other parts of the city registered on it.
“Earlier, doses used go waste in some rural areas as there were not many takers and once the vial is opened, 10 people should be administered. Now, people are coming from Hyderabad and there is zero wastage,” a doctor working in Ranga Reddy PHC said. “Though we have to travel far off places for vaccines, there is no rush for vaccines in surrounding district hospitals,” said Rama Devi B.