West Bengal government unit vaccine only for priority group | Kolkata News – Times of India

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KOLKATA: Not everyone in the 18-44 category in the state will get the vaccine shot at government CVCs from Monday, when universal vaccination for all above 18 is rolled out across the country. Bengal will continue to offer the vaccine to only the priority group in the 18-44 category for now. Health officials said they will wait for a few days and observe the quantity of vaccines the central government sends before opening up the drive to all.
“There still is a shortage of vaccine and we are prioritizing the specially identified group. Let’s see how much vaccine we get so that we can inoculate all above 18,” said state health secretary Ajay Chakraborty.
The state had started vaccinating close to 5 lakh people a day in March and April. But low supply forced it to scale down the drive and the number of doses administered daily has dipped below 3 lakh at present. In June, the Prime Minister had announced that states would no longer be required to procure vaccines as the Centre would send them from June 21.
“But the state had already identified the priority group and that is the first target. As of now, there is no change in policy. But we will increase the volume of vaccination daily according to what we receive,” said the DHS.
The state had purchased 18 lakh doses in May and placed orders for 22 lakh doses. The last order was recalled a few days ago after the Centre announced doses for all age groups at government CVCs.
While the private CVCs have been inoculating all eligible recipients, the state had reserved the 18-44 drive only for the prioritized group that include hawkers, workers associated with transport, media professionals, family of healthcare workers, domestic helps and so on.



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