Priority groups include health workers and their families, transport, media professionals, sanitation workers and hawkers, among other
The West Bengal government said it will limit the vaccination drive to priority groups among the 18-44 age group owing to a shortage of doses, on the day the Centre’s plan to provide free inoculation to all adults came into effect.
What the West Bengal government has said
The state government has said that due to the shortage of doses, not everyone above 18 years will be given the COVID-19
The decision to restrict vaccination is to also to avoid overcrowding at government hospitals, officials told Telegraph.
There is no major change in the number of vaccination centres or personnel being deployed for the drive, the Directorate of Health Services has said.
Whom does the priority group include?
Priority groups include health workers and their families, transport, media professionals, sanitation workers and hawkers, among others.
Vaccinations and COVID-19
The state has vaccinated 1,92,02,799 people so far, with 1.88 lakh doses being administered in 24 hours.
The state has the infrastructure in place to administer Covid vaccinations to up to 5 lakh individuals every day, officials said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was not following the spirit of federalism in the matter of vaccination supplies. The West Bengal chief minister asked why the Centre retained the right of distribution of 25 percent COVID-19
Centre rolls out free vaccination for all adults
Prime Minister Modi had announced on 7 June that the Centre will take over the task of vaccination from state governments and provide COVID-19
Andhra Pradesh vaccination record
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh vaccinated 13,59,300 people on Sunday, a possible world record feat in any single province, according to PTI.
As many as 28,917 staff of the Medical and Health Department, 40,000 ASHA workers and 5,000 other staff made the unique feat possible in a marathon 15 hours in 4,589 vaccination centres across the state, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said on Sunday night.
India has administered 28 crore vaccines so far, according to CoWin dashboard data.
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