AP govt announces it has no stock of COVID vaccine; CM writes to Modi for 60 lakh doses

AP govt announces it has no stock of COVID vaccine; CM writes to Modi for 60 lakh doses

(Eds: adding details, correcting day in penultimate para)
Amaravati, Apr 16 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh government on
Friday announced it has no stock of COVID vaccine even as
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote another letter to
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting that 60 lakh doses be
immediately sent to the state.
On Friday, only about 4,300 doses of the coronavirus
vaccine could be administered, the lowest in a day so far,
before the stocks completely dried up.
The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for sending
6.4 lakh doses of the vaccine to AP (on April 12 and 13) in
response to his letter on April 9.
“I request you, sir, to instruct the officials concerned
of Health Ministry to supply 60 lakh doses of COVID vaccine to
my state to ensure that all the population above 45 years is
vaccinated for the first dose in the next three weeks,”he said
in the letter, the second he sent to the PM in a week.
Jagan said 6,28,961 people were vaccinated in Andhra
Pradesh on April 14, “the highest single day COVID vaccination
numbers by any state in the country”.
“We have not only established our capability of
vaccinating over six lakh people per day, but also set up a
model for all the states to emulate.
However, we could not continue the same drive as the
vaccine stocks have completely run out,” he said.
The state was poised to make the dream of vaccinating all
vulnerable people a reality in the next three weeks if
sufficient stocks of vaccine were made available, Jagan said.
The state government set a target of vaccinating 24 lakh
people during the four-day ”Tika Utsav” (April 11 to 14).
“We have drawn out an action plan to cover six lakh
people (four lakh in rural and two lakh in urban areas) per
day during the Tika Utsav,” the Chief Minister had informed
the Prime Minister in his letter on April 9.
However, the target could not be accomplished as both the
Covaxin and Covishield stocks went dry by the first day of the
four-day nation-wide event.
The 6.4 lakh doses sent by the Centre on April 12 and 13
enabled the state accomplish a total of 7.15 lakh vaccinations
during the Tika Utsav.
The state has so far received a total of 46 lakh doses,
a top official said.
The Medical and Health Department said in a release on
Friday that 28,677 people were inoculated (first and second
doses) in the state on April 15 and, with that, the entire
COVID-19 vaccine stocks have been exhausted.
Sources in the Department said they were expecting to
receive another five lakh doses of the vaccine at the State
Vaccine Store in Gannavaram by Sunday.
From there the stocks would be proportionately dispatched
to the 13 districts. PTI DBV APR
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