Only 4 sites to administer 2nd dose of Covaxin today in Ludhiana

Covishield out of stock at private hospitals in the district

Only 4 sites to administer 2nd dose of Covaxin today in Ludhiana

A board stating ‘vaccine is out of stock’ displayed outside a private hospital in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 2

With the district facing a shortage of vaccine, all vaccination sites except four have been suspended for the time being. The district now has only the stock of Covaxin, with hospitals administering only the second dose at the four vaccination centres. Hospitals are turning away people coming to get their first dose.

Various private hosipitals in the city have put up the “Vaccine out of stock” boards outside the premises to avoid unnecessary flow of people inside the hospitals.

Today, vaccination was held at 12 sites, of which eight administered Covishield and the rest the second dose of Covaxin.

“Stock of Covishield has exhausted and no information has been received regarding the next availability of the stock. On Monday, vaccination will be held at only three

government-assigned sites,” said Dr Puneet Juneja, District Immunisation Officer.

Sites where the second dose of Covishield will be administered are UPHC Sunet, UPHC Model Town, MCH Vardhman and Civil Hospital.

On Sunday, only 2,969 persons were vaccinated against the coronavirus in the district.

Meanwhile, people, who want to receive their first jab of the vaccine, are facing a tough time.

“On one hand, the government has started vaccination for people aged 18 and above but in Ludhiana, we are not even getting the stock for the above-45 category. Equal distribution should be done to the states,” said Santok Singh, a resident of Gurdev Nagar.

Another resident said Ludhiana was the worst-hit district and should be provided adequate vaccine stock so that people were vaccinated on time.

2,969 vaccinated in dist on Sunday

On Sunday, vaccination was held at 12 sites, of which eight administered Covishield and the rest the second dose of Covaxin. Only 2,969 persons were vaccinated against the coronavirus in the district on Sunday. Meanwhile, people, who want to receive their first jab of the vaccine, are facing a tough time. Many Hospitals are turning away people coming to get their first dose due to shortage of vaccine.

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