Vaccine shortage | MP, Andhra Pradesh postpone COVID-19 jabs for 18-44 age group
The manufacturers of both Covishield and Covaxin -- Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, respectively -- have said that they will not be able to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine doses by May 1, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on April 29.
April 29, 2021 / 10:17 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on April 29 that COVID-19 vaccination for beneficiaries aged 18 years and above will not begin on May 1 in the state, due to a shortage of vaccines.
The Madhya Pradesh CM said: “We had placed orders for both Covishield and Covaxin coronavirus vaccines. But, the manufacturers of both vaccines, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, have said that they will not be able to deliver the vaccine doses by May 1. Therefore, it won't be possible to start vaccination drive for those aged above 18 years on May 1.”
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has also said that vaccination for beneficiaries aged above 18 years will not begin before September.
Reddy said that Andhra Pradesh will start vaccinating people aged between 18 and 45 years only in September, once the vaccination for people aged above 45 years concludes.
He said: “It will take four months to complete the vaccination for people in the age group of 18-45, which means they will be vaccinated by the end of January 2022.”
The Government of India has allowed all states and union territories to vaccinate beneficiaries aged above 18 years starting May 1, when the third phase of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive begins.Follow our coverage of the coronavirus crisis here