Several Indian states were forced to postpone their COVID-19 vaccination plans on Saturday due to supply shortages.
At least seven states or union territories have been affected by vaccine shortages, as confirmed by CNN, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharastra and the Union Territory. Of Delhi which includes New Delhi, the capital of India
India launched its vaccination drive on January 16, with healthcare and frontline workers a top priority, followed by people aged 60+ and people over 45 with active health conditions. The drive was extended to include anyone over the age of 18 on Saturday.
India is facing a second wave of COVID-19 cases, with more than 400,000 reported on a single day on Saturday.
A total of 1,648,192 vaccines were administered until 8 p.m., including 989,700 people receiving the first dose and 658,492 receiving the second, according to provisional figures in the press release.
Of these, 84,599 people aged 18 to 44 received the first coronavirus vaccine, according to a press release released by India’s Health Ministry on Saturday night. A small number of young people are vaccinated because some states prioritize the second dose and older adults who have not received the first vaccine.
As of Saturday evening India time, there have been a total of 156,637,825 vaccinations since January.Throughout the country, a total of 28,591,381 people received a second dose, about 2.2 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people.