Allot unused Covid vaccines from private hospitals to state: Andhra Pradesh CM
Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday reiterated his demand that the Centre should take back unused vaccine doses against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from private hospitals and re-allot them to the state in order to ramp up the vaccination drive.
Andhra Pradesh has so far inoculated 18,392,496 beneficiaries against the viral disease of which 14,395,900 have received the first dose and the remaining 3,996,596 have received both doses. Last month, the state had set a record of administering over 1.37 million doses in a single day on June 20.
Reddy, who was a part of Covid-19 review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, said that out of the total 1,771,580 vaccine doses given to private hospitals, only 420,209 were used in June.
“In reality, the private hospitals are not vaccinating fully to their capacity.Whatever these people are earmarked and whatever they are not able to proceed with, if that quota (of vaccines) is re-allotted to the state government, it would help us in doing a better job,” Reddy told PM Modi, according to news agency PTI.
Earlier, Reddy wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on June 29, requesting that the Centre procure vaccine doses, originally provided to private hospitals and not lifted, and supply them to the state government.
In May too, the Andra Pradesh CM requested the Centre to halt supply of doses to private hospitals due to two reasons- limited availability of stocks and private hospitals charging exorbitant amounts for vaccinating beneficiaries, PTI further reported.
The chief minister pointed out that charging exorbitant prices for inoculations was not only a disadvantage for the unfortunate sections, but also created a situation of black marketing of vaccine doses.
Andhra Pradesh on Friday recorded 2,345 new Covid-19 disease cases and 16 more deaths, taking the caseload and death toll to 1,934,450 and 13,097 respectively, according to the health department’s bulletin.
During the Covid-19 review meet with PM Modi, which was attended by chief ministers of five other states, Andhra CM pointed out that the state has managed the pandemic situation reasonably well, adding fever surveys have been carried out 12 times and the state government has also focused on testing people with Covid-19 symptoms.
(With agency inputs)