Civil Hospital runs out of vaccine

Unregistered beneficiaries turning up, adding to confusion: Officials

Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 7

With 50 patients still queued up at the Civil Hospital to get themselves inoculated, the hospital ran out of vaccine on Friday afternoon. As a result, many beneficiaries had to return. Authorities said queues were witnessed residents turned up without registering on the app.

The vaccine drive for those above 45 years has picked up pace as around 10,000 to 11,000 people were getting vaccinated daily. The drive for 18 plus has got off to a rough start in the district. On May 6, 6,148 people were administered the dose. Today 250 vials were given to the Civil Hospital while 200 to Basti Gujan centre. Officials said 70 vaccine centres in the district were operational.

Ashwini Kumar (52), who went to get jabbed along with his wife, brother and sister-in-law, said, “We were waiting for our turn at the Civil Hospital since 12 pm and around 2 pm there was no vaccine left. We went there after due registration on the app. When we asked the reason, staff said there was no vaccine and asked us to come back again on May 8 at 10 am.”

District Immunisation Officer Dr Rakesh Chopra said, “There was some shortage of vaccine at the Civil Hospital. This is being primarily caused due to those who turn up without registration. We are telling people to come with proper registration, but some do not listen. They carry expensive mobiles, but ask staff to get register them. On May 8, we anticipate release of 6,000 vials and things are expected to smoothen up.”

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