Punjab seeks for more vaccine stocks

Chandigarh: With the state running out of Covishield and left with only one day’s stock of Covaxin, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday again stressed the need for increase in vaccine supplies from the Centre.

Increase in supplies was critical given the gradual opening of sectors conditional to stakeholders having taken at least one dose, said the Chief Minister, directing the officials to continue pursuing aggressively with the Centre for enhancement of the state’s quota.

Pointing out that Punjab had already vaccinated nearly 83 lakh eligible persons (approximately 27% of population), the Chief Minister said that the stock was being utilised in the state without any wastage. Punjab was able to utilise more than 6 lakh doses in a single day when adequate supply was received, he noted, at the Covid review meeting. While the 1st dose has been administered to 70 lakh people, 13 lakh people had received the second dose, he added.

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan told the meeting that the administration was following up with the Government of India for more doses.

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