Punjab Faces Vaccine Shortage Says Cm Amarinder Singh

News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh

Published by: ajay kumar
Updated Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:58 AM IST

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Corona vaccine doses in Punjab are on the verge of running out. This is the reason why Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded the central government to provide the vaccine at the earliest. Captain Amarinder Singh said that he would take up the issue with the Union Health Minister. At the same time, if needed, this subject will also be discussed with the Prime Minister.

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There is a shortage of the Kovidshield vaccine in Punjab. There are 112821 doses of Covaxin left. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has reiterated the demand of the Central Government to provide more vaccines so that all persons in the age group of 18 to 45 years can be vaccinated in the next two months.

Captain Amarinder Singh said that the first attempt would be to cover the primary category. His government has set a target of immunizing all individuals in two months. After which the second dose of vaccine will be given as per the schedule. Presently, 4.8 per cent of Punjab’s population eligible for vaccination has been fully vaccinated and district Mohali is a leader in first and second doses.

Taking stock of the progress and status of vaccination in Punjab during a virtual review meeting on COVID on Tuesday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that the state government has already vaccinated more than 62 lakh people. However, at present the stock of Covishield is exhausted and there is very little stock of Covaxin vaccine available. He will take up this issue with the Union Health Minister and will also raise this issue with the Prime Minister if needed.

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu questioned the Center providing large quantities of doses to BJP-ruled states like Haryana and Gujarat. DGP Dinkar Gupta said that till date about 79000 jawans of Punjab Police have been vaccinated, out of which 57 percent have been given second dose.

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There is a shortage of the Kovidshield vaccine in Punjab. There are 112821 doses of Covaxin left. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has reiterated the demand of the Central Government to provide more vaccines so that all persons in the age group of 18 to 45 years can be vaccinated in the next two months.

Captain Amarinder Singh said that the first attempt would be to cover the primary category. His government has set a target of immunizing all individuals in two months. After which the second dose of vaccine will be given as per the schedule. Presently, 4.8 per cent of Punjab’s population eligible for vaccination has been fully vaccinated and district Mohali is a leader in first and second doses.

Taking stock of the progress and status of vaccination in Punjab during a virtual review meeting on COVID on Tuesday, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that the state government has already vaccinated more than 62 lakh people. However, at present the stock of Covishield is exhausted and there is very little stock of Covaxin vaccine available. He will take up this issue with the Union Health Minister and will also raise this issue with the Prime Minister if needed.

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu questioned the Center providing large quantities of doses to BJP-ruled states like Haryana and Gujarat. DGP Dinkar Gupta said that till date about 79000 jawans of Punjab Police have been vaccinated, out of which 57 percent have been given second dose.

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