Indian state Maharashtra is unlikely to roll out its anti-Covid vaccination drive for the 18-44 year age group from May 1 due to constraints of vaccine availability, state government officials said on Monday.Under the new guidelines from the Centre, officials said, Maharashtra has to arrange for its own procurement and ensure enough stock for vaccinating adults up to 44 years of age – the largest demographic group in the state.
Five other states — Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab and Kerala — had on Sunday said they would postpone this next phase of the vaccination for the same reason.
In Guwahati, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said on Monday that he doubts whether vaccination of 18-45-year-olds will begin in the state by the first week of May, pointing towards the twin issues of vaccine availability and announcement of Assembly poll results on May 2.
“Vaccine order has been given to Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India, or SII). When they provide us the vaccines, only then can we begin the vaccination,” Sarma said.
The state will open registrations for the 18-44 age group on the CoWIN app from April 28, but slots may not open from May 1.
(The Indian Express)