Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 26
The Covid-19 vaccination programme in Punjab’s schools has hit a roadblock at several places due shortage of the vaccine. Vaccination camps in several districts have been cancelled over the past two days due to the shortage.
The government has approved Covaxin for adolescent children between 15 and 17 years of age. However, for the past several days, the state has been witnessing a severe shortage of the vaccine.
Raised matter with health dept
We have discussed the matter with the state health authorities and they are looking to restore the vax supply soon. —Girish Dogra, District immunisation officer, Mohali
The state government had shot off several emails to the Government of India regarding the shortage of Covaxin, but it had failed to make arrangements for the supply of the vaccine.
The vaccine drive has been badly hit in Mohali district. District Immunisation Officer Girish Dogra said they had discussed the matter with the state health authorities and they were hopeful that the supply would be restored soon.
Dr Balwinder Kaur, state incharge of immunisation, was not available for comment. Significantly, 7.74 lakh adolescent children between 15 and 17 years have been vaccinated with the first dose and another 13,000 had been given the second dose.
Covaxin shortage hits drive in schools