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Karnataka “temporarily suspends” vaccination drive for 18-44 age group amid vaccine shortage



Bengaluru: Citing shortage of vaccine doses, the Karnataka government has temporarily suspended vaccination drive for people between the age bracket of 18 to 44.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the Karnataka Health department said that the state government has decided that the vaccine procured directly by the state government for vaccination of persons between 18 to 44 years too will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for the second dose.

“Therefore, all vaccines available with the state government i.e. supplied by union government and procured directly by state will be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries due for second dose,” the Karnataka health department tweet explained.

According to the health department, the state government on May 7 had decided to utilise the complete supply of vaccines provided by the union government for vaccination of persons above 45 years, for vaccinating beneficiaries who were due for second dose.

“But under the changed circumstances and severe shortage of vaccine, the vaccine procured directly by the state government for vaccination of persons between 18 to 44 years too will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for second dose,” a senior health department official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

Karnataka had launched anti-Covid vaccination drive on May 1 but ever since it has failed to take off due to short supply of vaccines. 

Witnessing a spiraling surge in new covid cases, Karnataka has reported 39,998 cases, including 16,286 in Bengaluru, while 518 patients succumbed to the deadly virus.

“With 39,998 new cases registered on Tuesday, the state’s Covid tally shot up to 20,53,191, including 5,92,182 active cases, while recoveries rose to 14,40,621, with 34,752 discharged during the day,” said the bulletin.

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