Karnataka govt asks those who took Covishield not to come to vaccination centres before 12 weeks




The Karnataka government on Friday queried those who made the Covishield vaccine not to come to vaccination midsts if they have not accomplished 12 weeks of the first dose, quoting advisory of expert groups.

In a press release, the vaccination duty lead said the second dose of Covishield vaccine should be administered to eligible beneficiaries at 12 to 16 weeks interval after receiving the firstly dose as recommended by the National Technical Advisory Group of Immunization( NTAGI) and National Expert Working group on Vaccine Administration( NEGVAC ).

“Hence, the earlier interval of six to eight weeks of period for Covishield vaccination between 2 quantities is revised to 12 to 16 weeks. Citizens are solicited not to come to vaccination cores if they have not ended 12 weeks after the first dose of Covishield vaccine, ” the secrete said.

The release clarified that the revised time interval between two quantities is applicable only to Covishield and not Covaxin.

The State government recently suspended the vaccination of people between the age group of 18 and 44 due to inadequate stock of inoculation in the state.

The government has already targeted an ordering for three crore vaccines and paid fund to the vaccine producers.

However, exclusively seven lakh inoculations have arrived, according to officials.

The government intends to float global tenders to procure two crore vaccines.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan recently announced that Covaxin-manufacturing plant of Bharat Biotech will be set up soon in Kolar district, and that the construction work has already begun and the government has invited investors to shape the vaccine in Karnataka.

So far, 1.10 crore parties in Karnataka have been inoculated, but vaccination for people in the age group of 18 -4 4 has been put off due to the shortage of vaccine. The government has told three crore vaccines and has paid coin to the manufacturers but till now still further simply seven lakh vaccines have been received.

The State has reported 41,779 fresh the circumstances and 373 fatalities despite strict restrictions on the movement of parties from April 27 till May 24.

Edited by Megha Reddy

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