Despite Maharashtra facing a shortage in COVID-19 vaccines today around 2,72,421 doses were administered in the state. The government and the Centre has been blaming each other over the crisis of the vaccination in state. Maharashtra was given a total of 1 crore vaccines by the Central government and asfter administrating millions of doses the state started suffering shortage following which it demanded more vaccines.
As of April 9, 2,72, 421 took jabs out of which 2,38,386 took their first dose who were above the age of 45 while in the same category 15,819 beneficiaries took their second dose.
On the other hand in the middle of vaccine shortage row, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has urged the Centre to formulate criteria for allotment of COVID-19 vaccines by taking into consideration factors like population and number of active coronavirus cases of a particular state. He alleged that many states, which are smaller than Maharashtra in terms of population and the number of patients, have received more doses.
He said that Maharashtra, with a population of over 12 crore, accounts for 60 per cent of the total number of active cases in the country. The number is more because testing has been increased substantially, he said. Tope said the state had mobilised its capacity to administer six lakh doses on daily basis.
"Today we have 8 lakh doses available and we have been told we will get four lakh doses in a day. If the supply of doses is on a daily basis, how will the vaccines be transported to other parts of the state on time?" he asked. Stating that 70 vaccine centres in Mumbai have closed and places like Sangli, Satara, Panvel are also facing shortage, due to which all the centres there have been affected.
To a question on the 'Tika Utsav' (vaccine festival) as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Raut said the aim of the programme is to create awareness about vaccination.
"Without creating controversies, the Centre should give Maharashtra the number of doses it requires," he said.