Karnataka suspends COVID vaccination for 18-44 age group due to shortage

Karnataka suspends COVID vaccination for 18-44 age group due to shortage A nurse holding a COVID-19/Coronavirus vaccine dose (Picture Courtesy: Xinhua)

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government announced that from May 14 onwards the coronavirus vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years will be temporarily suspend, officials said.

As per the state government, the order will be applicable to all government coronavirus vaccination centres in Karnataka.

“Today the state government has decided that the vaccine procured directly by the state for vaccination of persons between 18 to 44 years will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for the second dose,” reads the statement.

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Previously, the B S Yediyurappa-led government had opted to utilise the complete vaccine supply provided by the central government for vaccination of beneficiaries of 45 years and above, due for their second dose.

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“Therefore all vaccines available with the state government including supplied by GoI and procured directly by the state, will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries due for the second dose. In this regard vaccination for the age group of 18-44 years (including those who have already booked appointments) will be temporarily suspended from May 14, 2021 till further orders. This order will be applicable for COVID vaccination at all government COVID vaccination centers in the state,” it adds.

COVID-19 India crisis

India recorded 3,48,421 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning. A significant increase of nearly 18,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 3,29,942 infections on May 11. 

These new COVID-19 cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,33,40,938 in the country as on May 12.

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Meanwhile, a total of 17,52,35,991 COVID-19 doses were given till 7 am on May 12 in India, as per the data. Out of these, 24,46,674 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

On the recovery side, 3,55,338 discharges were recorded in the last 24 hours, Ministry of health data showed on Wednesday morning. The data points that there was a slight decrease in discharges from the previous day. The total number of patients that have been discharged stood at 1,93,82,642 cases in the country on May 12.

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