Youths take pictures as they wait for their turn to get inoculated with a dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at the Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai on May 1, 2021, during the first day of Indias vaccination drive to all adults.
Youths take pictures as they wait for their turn to get inoculated with a dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at the Rajawadi Hospital in Mumbai on May 1, 2021, during the first day of Indias vaccination drive to all adults.
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As the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive kicked off today across India, around 11,000 beneficiaries between age group of 18 to 44 years took their first jab in Maharashtra. The inoculation for all those aged between 18 to 44 began today though many states have been facing shortage of vaccinations including Maharashtra.

As per the data, a total of 132 vaccination sessions were organized in 26 districts today. A total of 11,492 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 6 pm, the health department said. Starting today, vaccination of beneficiaries in the age group of 18 to 44 years has started in 26 districts.

At present, the state has procured 3 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine for this age group as per the stock available to the manufacturers.

According to the data shared by the health department, Pune and Mumbai had the highest number of benefeiciaries - 1,316 and 1,004 respectively. Followed by Palghar and Parbhani where 700 and 846 people got their first shot.

The Centre has allocated Maharashtra 17,50,620 'Covishield' and 5,76,890 'Covaxin' vaccine doses for the first fortnight of May.

Although the state government had said that it shall be rolling out the vaccines later in the month of May, the state made overnight preparations for a limited roll out of Phase III of the national vaccination campaign for the 18 to 44 age group after receiving three lakh doses from Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday.

SII delivered 3 lakh doses to Maharashtra, and the government managed to send 10,000 to 20,000 doses to each of the 36 districts overnight so that vaccination could begin, at least symbolically, on the roll out date of May 1.

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