Udayavni Special

It will take 6-7 months for vaccine to reach general public, says Maharashtra govt offical

PTI, Jan 14, 2021, 8:05 PM IST

Even as the inoculation drive against COVID-19 is set to start in two days, a Maharashtra government official said on Thursday that it will take six to seven months for the vaccine to become available for those who are not in the high-risk category.

Healthcare workers, frontline staff and people suffering from co-morbidities — all these considered to be at high risk of contracting the infection — will be administered the jab in the first three phases of the drive, starting January 16.

Speaking about preparations, state immunization officer Dr Dilip Patil said, “All workshops and training for the drive have been completed. We are all set to conduct error-free vaccination drive.”

Around 7.86 lakh healthcare workers from government, private and Armed Forces medical facilities have registered for vaccination and so far no one has backed out, he said

Asked when the vaccine will be available for the general public, Patil said it would take at least six to seven months.

“Considering the time it would take to administer the vaccine to healthcare workers, frontline staff and people with co-morbid conditions, it would take a minimum of six to seven months for the vaccine to reach the general public,” he said.

After healthcare workers, the vaccine will be administered to frontline staff such as police, home guards and others in the second phase.

“Respective departments have been asked to register their employees (beneficiaries) on CO-WIN application. So far 2.92 lakh frontline workers have registered for the second phase,” he said.

Maharashtra has received 9.63 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and 20,000 doses of Covaxin which is developed by Bharat Biotech, he said.

“The vaccination drive has been planned at 285 places in the state on the first day, and by Friday, consignments of the vaccine will reach all over the state,” he said.

Oxygen cylinders have been kept ready and medical staff will be on standby to tackle any adverse reaction to the vaccine, the official said.

Beneficiaries cannot choose between the two vaccines, he said.

“To take the vaccine is optional, but beneficiaries will have no option to choose between the two vaccines. Whichever vaccine is available at the centre, will be administered,” Dr Patil said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

KMF enters bread segment

Bannerghatta: Video of a tiger biting car’s bumper goes viral

Bantwal: Elderly woman falsely alleges chain snatching for startling reason

PM Modi flags off vaccination drive, lauds ‘Made in India’ vaccines

COVID-19 vaccination drive kickstarts in Udupi district

India take tea break at 62/2, replying to Australia’s 369

13-year-old boy forcibly made to undergo sex change, gang-raped for 4 years

Related Articles More

COVID-19 vaccination drive kickstarts in Udupi district

More than 240 centres ready for vaccination drive in K’taka

Nepal approves AstraZeneca’s India-made COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Past Covid-19 infection gives 5-month immunity, but risk exists: UK study

Promising new antibodies from Llamas, Alpacas could help in fight against Covid-19


Mangaluru: SDPI organises ‘SP kacheri chalo’ rally; called off after meeting with ComPol

COVID-19 Vaccine distribution in DK district’s 6 centres from tomorrow: DC Rajendra

Cabinet expansion unhappiness: No need to stand on road and whine says Nalin Kateel

Karkala : Success story of self employed woman Radhika Nayak | Inspirational Stories| Udayavani

Tempo-lorry collide near Dharwad bypass; more than 10 dead | Udayavani

Latest Additions

Freida Pinto to play World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan in new series

KMF enters bread segment

Bannerghatta: Video of a tiger biting car’s bumper goes viral

Bantwal: Elderly woman falsely alleges chain snatching for startling reason

Pakistan resorts to firing, shelling of mortars along International border in J&K’s Poonch, Kathua

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.