Mumbai: Coronavirus vaccination for the age group of 45 years and above is set to remain closed in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad on Sunday, said the district administration of Maharashtra.
However, the COVID-19 vaccination for the 18 to 44 years will continue as scheduled at only selected vaccination centres with prior booking or appointment.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday also called for help from the Central government for better implementation of the vaccination drive for people in the age group 18 to 44 years.
On Friday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had told TOI that the state barely has COVID vaccine stock to inoculate those above 45 years of age till May 9.
In an official letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Maharashtra CM asked for a separate app developed by the states or a CoWin App for each state developed and assigned by the Union government to ensure better interface and experience for the citizens who are keen to take the vaccine shot.
“The vaccination drive in Maharashtra has been one of the fastest and most efficient in the country with every stock of vaccine that the Union government has kindly supplied to the state at various times in the past few months. Likewise, we plan to open up vaccination for age groups 18-44 via the states’ procurement,” said the Chief Minister.
India has so far administered more than 164 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Saturday. A total of 16,73,46,544 doses were given till 7 am on May 8, as per the data. Out of these, 22,97,257 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
The liberalised and accelerated phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has come into force from Saturday (May 1, 2021). Registration for the newly eligible population groups had commenced on April 28, 2021. The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country had crossed 160 million on Tuesday.
Out of the 22,97,257 administered doses in the last 24 hours, 9,87,909 received their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, 13,09,348 have been administered with the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the last 24 hours.