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COVID vaccine crisis hits Jamshedpur, health department demands fresh stock

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Jamshedpur, April 8: Amidst ongoing rising cases of Covid-19, the city is also facing shortage of vaccine supply. Concerned over the situation, the district health department has sent a letter seeking directives from the state health department about taking back the unutilised stocks lying with the private hospitals and nursing-home.

“The response to vaccines has been overwhelming and we have crossed 1 lakh mark. However, the stock at the government-run centres has exhausted. However, in most of the private health hubs, Covishield vaccine is lying unutilised. As per our information at Tata Main Hospital, 1,800 vials of Covishield lying unutilised. Similarly, at Tata Motors Hospital, 1,940 vials of the vaccine lie unutilised. This is why we have written to the concerned authority to give directives in this regard so that people may not have to return disappointed, ” said Lal, district civil surgeon, AK Lal.

According to, the fresh stock of the Covishield vaccine is yet to come from the state capital in Ranchi. It will take another two days for a fresh stock to reach Ranchi and subsequently to the steel city.

On the other hand, as many as 27 private health hubs which had started paid-vaccination drive having received Covishield from the government storage, have not yet utilised the stock fully.

This vaccine has been developed by Oxford University- AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Serum Institute of India (SII). The second dose of the vaccine is being administered after 28 days of the first dose.

After feeling the heat of the crisis, the district health department authority have written to state health department authority seeking directives for taking back the stocks of Covishield vaccine lying unutilised at the private health hubs.

There are 20 government-run vaccination facilities in the district, including 11 of them located at the steel city.

According to the district health department sources, the stock of the Covishield vaccine has completely exhausted on Wednesday as fresh supply of the vaccine is yet to come from the state capital in Ranchi.

The nation started its vaccination drive on January 16, by initially administering doses only to healthcare and frontline workers. On March 1, the drive was expanded to senior citizens above the age of 60 years and those above 45 with co-morbidities. On April 1, it was widened to all above the age of 45.

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