41 of 66 Covid vaccination sites in Varanasi shut as stocks run out

Even as coronavirus circumstances proceed to soar and the federal government stresses on growing vaccination, practically 62 per cent of authorities vaccination centres in UP’s Varanasi have needed to shut down on account of a scarcity of Covid vaccines.

Of the 66 government-approved vaccination centres in Varanasi, the Covid immunisation drive is just happening at 25 as the opposite sites have cited a scarcity of Covid vaccines.

Even the district-level vaccine distribution centre in Varanasi, located in Chaukaghat, has been shut down.

Vaccination centres in Varanasi shut. (Photo: India Today)

The well being authorities in the district are unable to reply when the scarcity will probably be stuffed and the state of affairs will normalise.

Speaking on the matter, well being employee Shyamji Prasad, who works on the Chaukaghar distribution centre, informed India Today TV that vaccine provide from state capital Lucknow has diminished drastically. He added that there’s a excessive demand for vaccines in Varanasi, resulting in a shortfall in doses.

Prasad additionally stated that stocks of each Covaxin and Covishield have been depleted and the scarcity can also be being confronted on the Mandal stage.

Urmila Singh, who works on the Chaukaghat CHC, additionally confirmed that vaccine doses on the centre have gotten over. “We have been requesting people who have come for the vaccination to go back. We have also informed nodal officer, Dr AK Pandey, about the shortage,” she stated.

An indication at a Covid vaccination centre in Varanasi reads, “Covid vaccination facility is not available at this clinic till further orders.” (Photo: India Today)

A recipient who got here to the Dhelwariya vaccination centre informed India Today TV, “I had come to get the Covid shot but was told that there is no vaccine and that I should come back in 2-3 days. I travelled a long distance but could not get vaccinated.”

The principal of Chaukaghat Government Ayurvedic Hospital Dr Neelam Gupta stated that whereas a median of 450-500 individuals get vaccinated on the website day-after-day, on Wednesday they needed to flip again many as they’d no doses.

Speaking on the matter, Varanasi immunisation officer Dr Vijay Shankar Rai stated that the scarcity is going on as a result of of low stocks on the regional vaccine retailer.

He stated that as there’s a paucity of vaccines in Lucknow, it’s not in a position to attain Varanasi.

He additionally added that directions have come to cut back the quantity of vaccination centres in the district.

“I request people to remain patient. The vaccine doses will come soon. Since the government always supplied the stock in advance, we never faced any issue. Earlier, we were vaccinating 2,500-3,000 people daily but we increased that number to nearly 7,000 in April. There is no reason for the vaccine not to come but I can’t give exact details of when the process will work smoothly,” he stated.


Several states together with Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have rung the alarm bells over their quickly declining inventory of Covid vaccines.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated that many inoculation centres are being shut because of the scarcity of vaccines in the state, the worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the nation, they usually have 14 lakh doses which would last just three days.

The Odisha authorities stated it has vaccines for one more three days and that it had written to the central authorities on (*66*) urging it to offer 15 to twenty lakh doses of the ‘Covishield’ vaccine to proceed the inoculation drive easily.

Similarly, Andhra Pradesh at present solely has 3.7 lakh vaccine doses. The state government expects that it will be exhausted by Thursday.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan lashed out at Maharashtra and the other states, accusing them of attempting to cowl their “failures” in containing the pandemic by making “deplorable” makes an attempt by “irresponsible” statements to distract consideration and spreading panic amongst individuals.

In a strongly-worded assertion, the minister rubbished the Maharashtra authorities’s declare of scarcity of vaccines as “utterly baseless”, and stated the “lackadaisical” angle of the state authorities has “singularly bogged down” your complete nation’s efforts to struggle the virus.

“The inability of the Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further. Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and state governments are being apprised regularly about it. Allegations of vaccine shortage are utterly baseless,” he stated.

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