Kerala facing acute vaccine shortage in 6 districts, mere 1.4 lakh doses left in stock
Kerala facing acute vaccine shortage in 6 districts, mere 1.4 lakh doses left in stock

Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram: For the first time in 3 weeks, the south state Kerla is facing uncertainty on the vaccination drive due to the shortage of stock. The States’ health department said that Covishield vaccine is not available in 6 districts including Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kollam, Kozhikode, and Kannur. 

However, Health Minster Veena George said that all districts have limited stock of Covaxin, She said in a statement that "We have already requested the Centre to provide more doses of vaccine at the earliest." The state is planning to administer the first dose of vaccines to all above 18 in the state before a deadline of September 30. However, with the current situation, it is highly unlikely that the state could match that number on time.

Pointing out that many people are reluctant to take Covaxin, Ms. George said there is no need to worry about receiving the country's indigenous jab and both vaccines are effective as well as safe.

Kerala's overall Covid cases breached 41 lakh as its consistently high daily numbers showed no signs of a let-up, with the state once again witnessing over 30,000 new infections yesterday. The state, which recorded the country's first coronavirus case in early 2020, reported 32,097 new COVID-19 infections and 188 deaths on Thursday, which pushed the total infection count to 41,22,133 and the fatalities to 21,149.

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