Thursday, 20 January 2022

Maharashtra govt urged Centre to reduce the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine.

Maharashtra govt urged Centre to reduce the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine.

On Tuesday Maharashtra government urged the Centre to provide booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for its healthcare and frontline workers. Also, it seeks to reduce the gap between two doses of Covishield from the currently 84 days to 28 days, which is the case with the Covaxin dose.

At a meeting between Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra’s health minister, and Mansukh Mandaviya, union health minister in New Delhi, the Maharashtra state also sought to know when the anti-Covid vaccination drive for children aged 12-18 would start.

Last week, Rajesh Tope had requested to cut down on the time gap between two Covishield doses during a virtual meeting between Mansukh Mandaviya and health ministers of all union territories and states.

The Maharashtra minister insisted that there was a need to speed up administering the second dose across the state.

Before Tuesday evening, Maharashtra had 34,292,903 fully vaccinated people, about 37% of the state are eligible beneficiaries for vaccination against Covid.

Of the 91.44 million direct beneficiaries in the state, 69,789,048 people have taken the first dose, 76.3%.

According to the Cowin app vaccine-tracking dashboard, Maharashtra conducts a total of 104,094,458 doses of a Covid vaccine till Tuesday evening.

The Maharashtra government has aimed to vaccinate 100% of its eligible population against coronavirus disease with at least one dose by 30 November.

While the Centre has no official target for the country, the union health ministry has asked state governments to make sure that the entire adult population is covered with the first dose. At the same time, the “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign is carrying on.

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Rajesh Tope said the 20-minute meeting with Mansukh Mandaviya union health minister “was positive.”

He said,

“We want to increased the percentage of fully vaccinated citizen. Therefore, we have seek a reduction in the gap between two Covishield doses from 84 to 28 days.”

Besides Maharashtra, Kerala, the government has also demanded a reduction in a gap between Covishield dosage and has also asked for a booster dose for frontline and healthcare workers.

The Rajesh Tope state health minister said it had been nearly a year since frontline and healthcare workers were vaccinated, so booster doses were required too.

Maharashtra also sought National Health Mission funds to recruit personnel, as was done during the first two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, for a sixth straight day, Maharashtra recorded fewer than 1,000 Covid-19 cases. On Tuesday, it reported 886 new cases, pushing the tally to 6,625,872.

The state added 34 fatalities due to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 140,636. Mumbai added 213 new cases, bringing its tally to 760,724. Mumbai recorded one fatality.

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