No shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in Maharashtra, says Union Health Ministry

January 14, 2022 4:32 p.m. STI

New Delhi [India]Jan 14 (ANI): The Union Health Ministry on Friday issued a clarification that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in Maharashtra as it has over 24 lakh unused doses of Covaxin and 6.35 lakh additional doses were received today.
According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW), some media have reported on shortage of vaccines in Maharashtra stating that due to lack of vaccines, the government of the state is unable to increase the rate of immunization in the state. . Such reports are misinformed and incorrect.
“It is clarified that according to reports available today, Maharashtra has over 24 lakh doses of Covaxin unused and an additional 6.35 lakh doses were received on Friday,” the ministry said.

According to their weekly consumption data available on Co-WIN, Maharashtra’s average consumption for Covaxin to cover eligible beneficiaries for 15-17 years and for the precautionary dose is almost 2.94 lakh doses per day, the statement said. .
Therefore, the state has adequate vaccine doses for about 10 days to cover eligible recipients with Covaxin, he added.
According to the ministry, further, for Covishield, the state has 1.24 crore of unused and remaining doses available as of today. With an average consumption of 3.57 lakhs per day, it will take more than 30 days for the beneficiaries to be vaccinated using the vaccine.
Therefore, the media reports are not factually correct and do not reflect the correct picture of the available stockpile of remaining and unused COVID vaccine doses with Maharashtra, the statement said. (ANI)

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