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9 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses obtained, to be used for 45+ age group: Rajesh Tope

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday mentioned the Maharashtra authorities has obtained 9 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses, which can be utilised for the 45 years and above age group.

He admitted that for the 45 years and above age group, there have been barely 25,000-30,000 vaccine doses left throughout the state. “We had to shut various sessions for vaccination. However, now we have got 9 lakh doses and these will be utilised for this age group. The doses will be accordingly distributed to each district,” he mentioned.

Tope additionally mentioned the state authorities will wait for Adar Poonawalla, chief of Serum Institute of India, to return from London, after which focus on how extra Covishield doses might be procured for the state, Tope mentioned.

“We will try to ensure that the state can procure maximum number of doses once he returns,” Tope mentioned at a press convention.

“The state has made purchase orders of 18.50 lakh vaccine doses (13.81 lakh Covishield and 4.79 lakh Covaxin doses) towards vaccination of the 18-44 age group. The state is also involved in the procurement of Sputnik V vaccine, once the rates are finalised. Dr Reddy’s is the co-partner and we are engaged in discussions with them,” he mentioned.

So far, 1.65 crore beneficiaries within the 45 and above age group have been administered the vaccine whereas within the final 4 days, a complete of 1 lakh beneficiaries within the 18-44 age group have been given the vaccine shot.

“Vaccination is crucial in the fight against Covid-19 and so far, in this category, we have received 3 lakh doses, which have been distributed across large and small districts. We have appealed to youngsters in thise age group to take appointments after registering on the app and then get the jab as per the slots available. Overcrowding should be avoided,” mentioned Tope.

Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, assistant director of well being, Pune circle, mentioned they have been anticipating 70,000 doses for the 45 years and above age group, and one other 30,000 for the 18-44 age group by late Tuesday night.

15 districts seeing decline in instances: Tope

Tope mentioned 15 districts within the state have been displaying a decline in new Covid-19 instances since lockdown-like restrictions have been imposed a fortnight in the past. These districts embrace Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Raigad, Osmanabad, Chandrapur, Gondia, Nanded, Dhule, Bhandara, Latur, Nandurbar and Amravati.

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Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer, mentioned there was 8.18 % decline in new infections because the restrictions have been imposed. Mumbai has proven a greater than 55 per cent decline in progress in day by day new instances within the final 15 days, whereas Nanded and Dhule have proven greater than 59 and 56 per cent decline. The variety of Covid-19 instances in some districts, nevertheless, remained a reason for concern. These districts included Kolhapur, Satara, Solapur, Sangli,Buldhana, Yavatmal, Wardha and Gadchiroli, amongst others, which have proven enhance in instances, mentioned Dr Awate.

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