Officials, however, claimed that after the inoculation drives for healthcare and frontline workers, the wastage has been brought down with better vaccine management in the third phase of the drive.
Noida has received nearly 1.35 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far, of which around 7% has been wasted. “We have received 1,17,220 doses of Covishield so far. Out of this, 7% has been wasted. We have also got 18,000 doses of Covaxin. In that, the wastage is nearly 8%,” said Dr Neeraj Tyagi, district immunisation officer, in charge of Covid vaccination in GB Nagar.
The overall vaccine wastage in Ghaziabad is around 6.5%, as per official data. Nearly 1.3 lakh Covishield and 21,000 Covaxin doses have been provided to the district so far.
One of the main reasons for the high wastage of Covaxin in the earlier rounds was that each vial of the vaccine contained 20 doses and as per the guidelines, once a vaccine vial is opened, doses need to be administered within four hours. It vital for health workers to coordinate the flow of recipients. Each time the number of recipients at a centre was lesser than the number of doses available, the vaccines that remained unused from an open vial went bad after four hours. It was during the second phase of the vaccination drive when the wastage shot up as the turnout was very low. A large number of Covaxin vials were wasted. Now, a smaller vial of Covaxin with 10 doses are being used leading to a drop in wastage.
In Ghaziabad, officials said the wastage in the first and second phases were recorded at around 10% and 16% for Covishield and Covaxin, respectively. In the third phase — between March 1 and March 5 — the wastage was 7% for Covishield and over 12% for Covaxin.
Officials said with better vaccine management by both private and government centres, the wastage has reduced. Immunisation centres have been given clear instructions to open the vaccine doses only when an adequate number of recipients are present at the vaccination centre.
As a result, the total wastage of Covid vaccine in the district went down to 6.52% by March 16. While it is around 4-5% for Covishield, it is about 10% for Covaxin.
According to official figures, the district has received 1,33,910 Covishield and 21,060 Covaxin doses till March 16. Out of this, 6,980 doses were given to Hindon Air Force Station and 1,000 to Baghpat. Of the remaining 1,46,990 doses, 94,310 were utilised while 52,680 remained with the hospitals and the health department. Currently, a majority of the 75 government and private medical facilities in Noida are using Covishield.