Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding necessary steps to be taken to ensure the availability of COVID vaccine in the state in an accessible manner and in sufficient quantity.
Chief Minister mentioned in the letter that the state has decided to provide free COVID vaccination to every one of the proposed age of 18 years and above, from May 1. We have also ordered 25-25 lakh doses of the vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech.
According to an estimate, about 1 crore 30 lakh people out of the 2 crores 90 lakh population of Chhattisgarh are in the age group of 18-44 years, and a total of 2 crores 60 lakh doses would be required for their vaccination. So far, 72 per cent of the 58.7 lakh people of age 45 and above have been vaccinated.
“Including the frontline workers, more than 48 lakh people have been given the first dose of the vaccine, and a total of 6 lakh 34 thousand people have been the second dose of the COVID vaccine. In this way, more than 54 lakh people have received doses of the vaccine,” the letter read.
“In Chhattisgarh, we have the capacity to provide 3 lakh doses of the vaccine every day. Because we intend to make an ideal arrangement for vaccination in Chhattisgarh, we have written letters to Prime Minister Office, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harshvardhan, Serum Institute, and Bharat Biotech regarding the crucial information about vaccine availability, cost,” the letter read further.
Chief Minister wrote, “So far, only Bharat Biotech has informed us via e-mail that the 25 lakh doses of vaccine ordered by the State Government would be delivered by July 2021. Bharat Biotech has asked for a time duration of three months to deliver only 25 lakh doses, which indicates that it would take an entire year to receive the required quantity of vaccine doses for the state, which would defeat the cause of vaccination.”
News Source: NDTV News