Chandigarh, June 29 (MNN) As Punjab ran out of Covishield vaccines on Tuesday and was left with only 1,12,821 doses of Covaxin, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh reiterated the demand for more doses from the Indian government to vaccinate the entire 18-45 population to complete inoculation of all eligible persons in the next two months.
Even as he ordered opening of the vaccination drive to the entire population in the 18-45 age group, subject to availability, the Chief Minister said that efforts would remain focused on covering categories prioritised earlier.
The Congress government had set a target to immunise all eligible persons in two months, followed by second dose as per the schedule, he added.
Currently, 4.8 per cent of Punjab’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, with Mohali leading the chart in both one and two doses.
Taking stock of the vaccination drive’s progress at a review meeting, the Chief Minister noted that the state had already vaccinated more than 62 lakh eligible persons and utilising the stock without wastage.
However, Amarinder Singh noted, that there is a gross shortage of vaccines, with no stock of Covishield in the state as of Tuesday, and only a small stock of Covaxin still available.
He said that he will take up the matter again with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on an urgent basis, and escalate it to the Prime Minister, if needed.
So far, around 79,000 Punjab Police personnel had been vaccinated, of which 57 per cent had received the second dose.