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Shortage of Covid vaccine doses in Haveri? | Hubballi News

HAVERI: With only 6,900 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in stock as on Monday evening, the vaccination drive in Haveri district could be hampered unless the district receives fresh vials quickly, healthcare workers said.
The district administration has sent in a requisition for 2.5 lakh doses. As on Monday, the district received a total 85,680 doses of which 78,750 doses have already been administered.
Some beneficiaries returned home without receiving the vaccine on Monday itself due to a shortage at the Haveri district hospital. “I returned home as the hospital said they did not have vaccine doses and staff advised us to come back on Tuesday,” said Mounesh Arkasali, a resident of Ijarilakamapur.
Sources say the district needs 6,000-6,500 doses a day. The demand increased after the government extended the drive to all people above 45 years of age. However, Dr M Jayanand, district RCH officer and nodal officer for Covid vaccination, insisted there are enough doses. “The health department has already allotted 4,000 doses of Covaxin,” Dr Jayanand said. “We will get this consignment later tonight or tomorrow morning. However, the department is yet to finalise Covishield doses for our district. We will manage the drive without any hassles.”
He further said the district has submitted a demand for 2.5 lakh doses. “Authorities have assured us an adequate supply of vials on time. The vaccination drive in the district is going on in full swing,” Dr Jayanand said.
But he admitted a shortage of vaccine doses at Haveri district hospital on Monday.
“We have been managing stock of vaccine doses through a mobile app. We will supply more vials to vaccinations centres where there is higher demand,” he said.

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