The Centre has directed state governments to prioritise beneficiaries due for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, confirmed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. The states were also advised to reserve 70 per cent of vaccines for second doses and keep the remaining vaccines for first doses.
During a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “States to ensure all beneficiaries who have taken the first dose are prioritised for the second dose. The urgent need to address the large number of beneficiaries waiting for the second dose was stressed.”
“In this regard, states can reserve at least 70% of the vaccines supplied to them from the Government of India channel (free of cost) for second dose vaccination and the remaining 30% for the first dose,” said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan after a meeting.
Earlier in the day, the Health Ministry confirmed that more than 90 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs which will receive over 7 lakh additional doses in the next three days.
The Centre has so far provided more than 18 crore vaccine doses (18,00,03,160) to states and UTs free of cost. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 17,09,71,429 doses.