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Madurai district suspends Covid vaccination drive over shortage of vaccines

Chennai, June 8(BPNS)

Vaccination for Covid -19 has been temporarily suspended in Madurai district due to the shortage of doses.  The health department has not received any information regarding the arrival of new stock of vaccines and the resumption of inoculation in the district.

Dr Dhinesh of Madurai District Public health department while speaking to BPNS said, “We have a shortage of vaccines and hence we have  temporarily stopped the inoculation. However, we are expecting fresh arrivals in a couple of days and may resume either on June 9th or June 10th.”

The Madurai District Vaccine store received 15000 doses of Covishield and 2500 doses of Covaxin doses on June 2.  While Covishield vaccines were exhausted within 2 days, Covaxin was injected till Monday according to Madurai district health officials.

According to the department of health, 3,73,079 people were  vaccinated in the district will Monday, June 7th.  While there has been no official confirmation on the arrival of vaccines to the district, health officials are expecting that the stock might reach the district vaccine office by Wednesday and the inoculation would resume by Thursday.

The Madurai corporation along with several NGO’s and the District police had undertaken an awareness campaign drive on Covid -19 vaccination leading to heavy rush.

Dr. Dinesh said, “People from all walks of life were inoculating themselves after the awareness and this was a welcome sign on the success of the drive. However the  shortage has put a brake on the drive but after it is resumed, we are expecting a huge turn out again.”