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JAIPUR: The vaccination drive for those who are 18 years and above may get delayed as the state government has not received any confirmation or communication on the availability of vaccines from the Serum Institute of India (SII), the manufacturer of the drug.
The state government had sought 3.75 crore vaccines and stated that it required nearly seven crore vaccines for giving two doses for 18+ beneficiaries. It is unlikely now that the state government will be able to start the vaccination drive for the category on May 1.
On Wednesday, TOI spoke to health department officials regarding the status of the drive. “We have nearly 3.75 crore people in the age of 18 years and above. But we are yet to get any reply from SII. We are waiting for their communication and confirmation to prepare ourselves for the vaccine drive for this category,” said Siddharth Mahajan, secretary (medical and health), to TOI.
Speaking on the state’s requirement, health minister Raghu Sharma said, “We have nearly 3.75 crore people in that category, including health and frontline workers who are already being vaccinated. We need nearly seven crore vaccines to give them two doses. To start with, we have asked them to provide 3.75 crore vaccines.”
“If we get it on time, we are determined to vaccinate the youth and would provide it free as announced by chief minister Ashok Gehlot,” he said.
Since the SII has already said that they would first deliver vaccines to the Centre, it is unlikely that the state would get them in the next couple of days.
Dr Raghuraj Singh, nodal officer (vaccination), said, “People may have started registering on Wednesday, but they will get the vaccination site option in the app only after we receive the vaccine. So, all those who have registered should keep checking the status. We have not yet identified vaccination sites as we don’t have vaccines for this category, so far.”
He said only after they receive further communication would things like the price they have to pay the manufacturer would be fixed.
Rashi Sharma, a student who registered for the vaccination on Wednesday, said, “After I received the OTP and uploaded my ID, I was told I am registered, but I didn’t receive the notification for the vaccination site.”