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Exclusive: Vaccine shortage in Bengaluru, PHC gets 3 vials a day, which can vaccinate just 30 people everyday

Senior citizens, who wanted to take their second dose of the vaccine have visited the centre thrice only to return back home as the stock was over

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Bengaluru: Amidst reports of vaccine shortages in Bengaluru, in an undercover operation, IndiaAhead found out that in one of the Primary Healthcare Centers, only three vials of vaccine were distributed every day which can vaccinate just 30 people a day.

Senior citizens, who wanted to take their second dose of the vaccine have visited the centre thrice only to return back home as the stock was over. They are obviously not happy with the authorities which have asked them to come back again on Monday.

The officials at the vaccination centre have been saying the same thing for the past three days that the stock of the vaccines gets over by 9 am.

As per the officials at the vaccination centre, they get only three vials a day, which can vaccinate only 30 people every day. Therefore the stock gets over by 9 am every day.

Helpless Staff, No Salary for 4 Months

The staff at PHC expressed their helplessness and said that they have requested the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities time and again but all in vain. They are also working under extreme stress as the government has not cleared their salaries for the past four months, they claimed.

The BBMP officials have initiated an enquiry now and action will be taken accordingly. This comes as various states across the country are reporting vaccine shortages and are requesting the Centre to increase their supply.

ReadHalf of the vaccines produced in India will go directly to states, hospitals, says PM Modi

Meanwhile,  Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday announced that Karnataka will procure one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate citizens between 18 to 44 years from May 1. He said that Rs 400 crores have been earmarked for the same in the first phase. He urged everyone above the age of 18 to register themselves for the vaccination drive which is starting from April 28, 2021.

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