As of now, about 1,53,22,367 vaccinations have been administered across Maharashtra, the highest tally in India.
Slated to begin on May 1, the third and the largest phase of the COVID-19 inoculation drive will open vaccination for people aged between 18 to 45 years, expanding the scope of vaccination for all adults. However, it seems that Mumbai, Pune and all other districts of Maharashtra have to wait longer until they legitimise the eligibility of all adults for the COVID jab. Reportedly, Mumbai and other regions in the state will not begin phase 3 of vaccination due to the unavailability of sufficient doses.
Phase 3 COVID vaccination delayed in Mumbai
Maharashtra has been reporting a shortage of COVID vaccines for about one week now, due to which several vaccination centres in Mumbai had to withdraw their inoculation activity. While the Union Health Minister stated on Wednesday, that 5 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine are in Maharashtra's delivery pipeline in the next three days, the state has decided to call off the phase 3 launch amid the paucity of current supplies at 5,06,319 jabs and high demand by eligible population groups.
Meanwhile, the state Health Minister added that the vaccination of all people falling in the age bracket of 18-45 years will be administered at the state's expense. He also clarified that free vaccination will be available only in government-run facilities and people visiting private centres will have to pay for the shot. The decision was finalised in a cabinet review meeting, chaired by the CM on Wednesday and will cost the state an estimate of ₹6,500 crores, the Health Minister added.
As of now, about 1,53,22,367 vaccinations have been administered across Maharashtra, the highest tally in India. The demand for vaccine here is higher than in any other region due to the active spread of infection. With the third phase of the immunity drive, about 5 crore beneficiaries would have been added to the state's target, reports highlighted.