The Covid vaccination drive in Delhi, which confirmed indicators of choosing up tempo with an uptick in pictures on Tuesday, noticed fewer vaccinations on Wednesday. Officials attributed this to the Eid vacation, and to individuals not being conscious that vaccination centres have been functioning.

A complete of 63,265 vaccine doses have been administered by means of 729 centres on Wednesday, compared to virtually 72,000 doses administered on Tuesday. On Monday, solely 25,985 doses have been administered in Delhi.

“The impact of Eid can be seen on the vaccination numbers. Most people may not have known that vaccination centres were running even on the public holiday. Some centres in hospitals, however, remained closed today,” stated a senior official from southwest district.

In the final two weeks, the variety of pictures administered day by day crossed the 100,000 mark solely twice, and has dipped as little as 10,000.

The tempo of vaccination has been erratic, with the Delhi authorities attributing it to a scarcity of vaccine doses.

“At the beginning of the month, we were unofficially informed that the pace of the vaccination will remain slow because of a lack of doses. We cannot operate all our vaccination sites every day because we are getting fewer doses than we can administer,” stated one other official from South district.

The variety of vaccines administered shot up in Delhi after the Centre revised the vaccine procurement coverage on June 21, taking over the duty of procurement of doses for all states.

With a recent inventory of 85,810 Covishield doses on Tuesday, Delhi at present has 108,300 Covishield doses and round 184,000 doses of Covaxin. Only 20% of the Covaxin inventory is being utilised for first dose takers to stop a scarcity for these coming in for his or her second dose.

“So far, we have completely immunised less than 10% of our eligible population in India. This is not enough to stop the transmission of the infection in the community and thereby protect those at risk of developing severe disease from death. At least 40-50% of the eligible population has to be completely immunised to achieve that,” stated Dr T Jacob John, former head of the division of virology at Christian Medical College-Vellore.

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