Dip in avg daily vaccination against COVID-19 since June 21: Govt data

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New Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) There has been a decline in average daily inoculation against the coronavirus since June 21, when the new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced, government data showed.

According to the data available on the CoWIN platform, an average of 61.14 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered daily in the week from June 21-27, which dropped to 41.92 lakh doses daily in the subsequent week of June 28-July 4.

In the week from July 5 to July 11, the number of daily average vaccine doses administered further dipped to 34.32 lakh.

Among states, however, a mixed trend has emerged.

States such as Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh showed a decline in average daily vaccinations since the week from June 21-27, while a mixed trend in administration of daily doses of COVID-19 was seen in states and UTs like Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Jammu and Kashmir, according to CoWIN.

In the states of Assam and Tripura which recently reported a rise in fresh COVID-19 cases, a declining trend in administration of average daily vaccine doses can be seen.

Even then the daily average vaccination remained higher than the previous phase of COVID-19 vaccination.

In the week from June 14-20, just 33.97 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered daily on an average.

On Monday, the Health Ministry said over 1.54 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered.

The cumulative number of vaccine doses administered so far has reached 37.73 crore under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

Some states like Rajasthan, West Bengal and even Maharashtra, which recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases on Monday, raised the need for more vaccine doses.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state needed a minimum of three crore vaccine doses per month to inoculate the entire eligible population against the coronavirus at the earliest.

COVID-19 inoculation sessions were not conducted in at least 25 of Rajasthan's 33 districts on Monday due to vaccine shortage, a state official said.

'The state had only 10,000 doses on Monday. So, vaccination sessions could not be conducted in about 25 districts of the state,' Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said.

Rajasthan will receive eight lakh doses on Monday night, and this will be consumed in the next two days. Mahajan said that the state had demanded 1.5 crore anti-Covid vaccine doses for July, but the Centre allocated 65 lakh.

A senior West Bengal health department official also said that the state government was finding it difficult to evenly distribute the doses among its 23 districts.

As per the allotted quota, the Andhra Pradesh government is due to receive another 39,34,170 doses of both Covishield and Covaxin from the Centre this month, which should cover the second dose for all eligible beneficiaries.

Gujarat, on the other hand, said it has so far received an 'adequate' number of vaccine doses from the Centre to inoculate people against COVID-19, and the state still has a stock of around seven lakh doses.

According to official estimates, Gujarat requires a total of 9.6 crore doses to fully vaccinate its eligible population. PTI UZM IJT

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