Karnataka left with 10 lakh doses, seeks additional COVID vaccine stocks from Centre

Karnataka’s current coronavirus vaccine stock may not be sufficient for the upcoming January vaccination camps, the State Health Minister said

Updated - December 24, 2022 06:47 pm IST

Published - December 23, 2022 10:22 pm IST - Bengaluru

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath says the available stock of COVID vaccines will run out by the end of January. File

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath says the available stock of COVID vaccines will run out by the end of January. File | Photo Credit: The Hindu photo library

The State has urged the Centre to provide additional stocks of the COVID-19 vaccine to Karnataka as there can be an increased demand for the booster shot in the current situation, said Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar.

Addressing presspersons after participating in a videoconference of health ministers of all States conducted by the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on December 23, Friday, Mr. Sudhakar said Karnataka now has a stock of around 10 lakh doses. “As we have decided to conduct special vaccination camps to increase the precaution dose coverage from the existing 22% to 50% by January, the current vaccine stock may not be sufficient,” he said.

Dr. K. Sudhakar Minister of Health and Family Welfare & Medical Education. File

Dr. K. Sudhakar Minister of Health and Family Welfare & Medical Education. File | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

Shortage in Bengaluru

Meanwhile, there is a shortage of the Covishield vaccines in BBMP health facilities. BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath, who admitted there is a shortage, said the available vaccine stock will expire by January end.

“Over 90% of people had taken Covishield in the first and second doses. We are submitting a proposal to the State government to procure Covishield vaccine soon and increase the booster dose availability,” he said.

Drill on December 27

Following the Union Health Ministry’s direction, the State will conduct a dry run of COVID-19 infrastructure in all government hospitals on December 27. “This is to ensure that all infrastructure we had installed during earlier waves of COVID-19 including oxygen plants and oxygen generators are ready to use,” he said.

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