Patiala district short on doses, no vaccination today

Patiala district short on doses, no vaccination today

A health worker administers the Covid vaccine to an elderly resident in Patiala on Monday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 19

Owing to shortage of the Covid vaccine all vaccination centres in the district will remain closed tomorrow. The Health Department said Covid vaccine would not be administered in district tomorrow.

Officials, Health Department, Patiala

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Only 197 doses of the Covid vaccine could be administered to beneficiaries in the district on Monday. There is no fresh supply of vaccine from the state headquarters. The vaccination drive will be halted for a few days.

The Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Prince Sodhi, said only second dose would be administered to international travellers, who were among priority groups, at the Government Mata Kaushalya Hospital.

It has been learnt that majority of vaccination centres in the district had to be closed due to shortage of Covid vaccine doses over the past few days. The situation is stated to have started worsening since July 17 onwards.

Health officials informed that only 197 doses of Covid vaccine could be administered to beneficiaries in the district today. There was no fresh supply from the state headquarters, therefore, the vaccination drive had to be halted for a few days, health officials added.

The Health Department has already informed officials concerned that vaccine doses would be supplied on July 21.

Due to shortage of vaccine, beneficiaries, especially those, who were to receive their second dose, were at the receiving end. Some beneficiaries said they had already completed the 84 days gap period. However, there was no vaccine for their second dose, they added.

Meanwhile, health officials said they would get fresh supply of the Covid vaccine soon.

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