Odisha Vaccination: 18+ Group Left Confused As Stocks Run Out

A large number of people from the 18+ age group anxiously wait for the Covid-19 vaccine as reports suggest Odisha is running out of doses for both Covishield and Covaxin. The State might be forced to halt vaccination for the 18-44 age group from June 2 as stocks run out.

Odisha is reportedly left with merely 8980 doses of Covaxin and 18,690 doses of Covishield. The stocks are expected to run out in the next day or two, and there has been no communication with the manufactures regarding fresh supplies.

An official from the Health Department says that the State hopes to improve the demand-supply mismatch through global tenders. “The manufacturers have been urged to streamline the supply. We have also pinned hopes on the global tender, which will open on June 4,” he said.

As per reports, over 7 lakh people from the 18+ age group have received the first dose and are awaiting the second one. The anxiety among the people in the capital city is evident as thousands took to Twitter questioning the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on its vaccination strategy.

“Dear BMC Admins, you must be aware that without the second dose, Covaxin is of no help. Thousands are getting added to the second dose queue. At least an announcement about your plan for us would help everyone waiting in desperation,” read a tweet.

The tensions escalated since the BMC put up a tweet on May 28 from its official account regarding the opening of slots for the 18-44 age group but failed to fulfil the promise.

The shortage of vaccines has hit Odisha at the worst possible time as the State goes into the third phase of lockdown since the second wave of Covid-19 hit. Health officials face a race against time to procure more vaccines and ensure timely inoculation.

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