The Centre on Tuesday hit out at the State/UT governments over slow Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country, saying it was their mismanagement that was leading to the slow pace of the inoculation drive. States and Union Territories, on the other hand, blamed the Union government over acute shortage in vaccine doses.
The vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group has been partially rolled-out in a few states while some are yet to begin vaccinating the said population base. A few states have withheld the drive because of vaccine crunch.
The data released by the Central government, however, hints at a mismatch between the available vaccine doses and the daily vaccination across states. According to the data, the states had much more vaccine doses available with them than number of inoculations that took place everyday.
Vaccine given to state governments/Union Territories
Consumption/wastage (crore doses)
The table above compiles data from the Ministry of Health on vaccine doses given freely to the states and union territories, its consumption and wastage and the balance amount of vaccine doses left with the States/UTs.
As states continued to blame the Centre over the shortage of vaccine doses, the Union health ministry began to release daily notes since April 27 on the distribution of vaccines, putting the onus on the states for the lag in vaccination drive.
The data released by the ministry indicates that the pace of daily vaccination has only been a fraction of the vaccine doses available with the states.
Balance Doses/Daily Vaccination
When we compare the daily vaccination data with the balance of vaccine doses available among states and union territories on that day, we find
The proportion of vaccination went as low as 3.37% on May 16 and 6.61% on May 9, showed the data. It never crossed the 50% mark, but remained between 20-35% conversion of balance vaccine doses to administered ones.
Therefore, it is a wonder why the States/UT governments have not been able to convert the balance quantity of vaccine doses to its maximum utilisation. The process of vaccination for the 94 crore adults in our country cannot be scaled up unless the factors responsible for the lag in vaccine balance conversion is ascertained.