Karnataka 'temporarily suspends' vaccine drive for 18-44 age group

We have to purchase vaccines for people between the age group of 18-44 years: Karnataka chief secretary P Ravi Kumar

After Maharashtra, now the Karnataka government has decided to suspend the vaccination for people between 18-44 years age group from tomorrow.


"Today the state government has decided that the vaccine procured directly by the state for vaccination of persons between 18 and 44 years will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for the second dose," a notification issued by the government said.


"We have to purchase vaccines for people between the age group of 18-44 years. We have already paid money to the two vaccine manufacturers in the country for three crore doses. Out of three crore doses, we have received seven lakh," Karnataka chief secretary P Ravi Kumar said.


He said the government will administer vaccines as and when the stocks arrive. "Since we are not getting adequate vaccines because there are just two manufacturers, we are going to issue orders to import (vaccine)," Ravi Kumar said.


He added that the government of India has approved only one vaccine outside India. If permission for other vaccines are given, then one can order more vaccines.

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