Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday announced that the state will focus on vaccinating those above 45 due to shortage of Covid-19 vaccines. The vaccination for 18-44 age group has been slow down however, the vaccination process will not stop in the state, he said.
“We are slowing down the process (of vaccination) for 18-44 because we don’t have vaccines. We don’t want to stop but right now we have no vaccines. So we will be giving vaccines right now to 45+ only,” Mr Tope told media, “A discussion is on with the Chief Minister on getting more vaccines.”
Maharashtra was also planning to import vaccines directly for the citizens of Mumbai some time ago.
“We are looking at the possibility of globally procuring vaccines for Mumbai. If we can do that… we have a roadmap to vaccinate the people of Mumbai within three weeks,” told Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray.
The state remained the worst hit by the second wave of Covid-19 between the months of March and April. Maharshtra on Monday recorded 37,236 new Covid-19 cases taking the total caseload to 51.4 lakh and total fatalities to 76398 with an addition of 549 on Monday.