The day before the corona vaccination campaign started for people over 45 years of age across the country, the central government has appealed to the states not to waste the drug. The Health Ministry on Wednesday appealed to all states and union territories that the vaccine wastage should be less than one per cent. Assuring that there is no shortage of vaccine, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has asked the states to speed up the campaign in those districts where vaccination has reduced so far. Talking to the officials and health secretaries dealing with vaccination in all the states on video conferencing, they asked you to review the status, speed and other issues of vaccination.
He has also ordered a review of the vaccination of health care workers and front line workers. The central government has said that states should also correct wrong and duplicate entries on the Co-WIN platform. The Union Health Secretary said that we have to find out the areas with low coverage and speed up the vaccination on priority basis. During this time, the Center has appealed to all the states that the waste of vaccine should be less than one percent. Currently, the average vaccine wastage across the country is 6%. All states and union territories have been asked to review the vaccine waste at all levels.
A few days ago, PM Narendra Modi had also expressed concern about the waste of vaccine in the meeting of Chief Ministers of states and union territories. He had expressed concern over wastage of more than 10 per cent vaccine in several states including UP and said that it needed to be reduced. At present, the first dose of corona vaccine has been given to more than 60 million people across the country. At the same time, there are about one crore people who have taken its first dose. Vaccination of all people above 45 years of age will start across the country from 1 April.