Owing to a shortage of both Covishield and Covaxin vaccine doses, there will be no Covid-19 vaccination in Pune city on Tuesday for the second day in a row.
Pune’s Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said, “The Pune Municipal Corporation has not received any supply of vaccines, so all vaccination centres will remain closed on May 18.” The PCMC’s vaccination drives in Pimpri Chinchwad will also be halted on Tuesday, as per officials. However, officials from the Pune Rural Administration said that small drives would be organized at various points in rural Pune.
Vaccination was suspended through PMC and PCMC limits on Monday, but 711 people were vaccinated in rural areas. The immunization of 710 people was the target. Five hundred twenty-one individuals received Covishield, and 190 received Covaxin doses among the vaccine recipients.
So far, approximately 9.45 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in Pune, with 2.5 lakh residents having received both doses and 4.45 lakh having received only the first dose. At least one dose of the vaccine has been given to all registered healthcare staff and frontline workers, while 2.73 lakh senior citizens and 2.76 lakh citizens in the 45-59 age group. However, because of a shortage of doses, vaccination for those aged 18 to 44 years has been halted. Eighteen thousand five hundred eight beneficiaries in this age group received the doses before the deadline.
The Pune Municipal Corporation manages 123 government and 74 private vaccination centres in the region. However, only the government centres have been open since May 1. This is because the Union government has decided not to supply doses from the government quota to private hospitals.