Karnataka to focus on completion of 2nd Covid vax dose for those above 45

Bengaluru, May 9 (IANS): Karnataka on Saturday decided to focus more on inoculating people above 45 years of age whose second dose is pending.

Health Minister K. Sudhkar tweeted, "70 per cent of the available stock of Covishield will be utilised to vaccinate those above 45+ who are due for their second dose and the rest 30 per cent will be used to inoculate 45+ seeking first dose.

Covaxin will be administered only to 45+ who are due for second dose after six weeks of first dose."

This effectively means that while vaccination has opened up for those above 18 years will have to wait for indefinitely if they want to get vaccinated at government facilities.

Sudhkar's tweet is also in line with what the union government has said already on May 7.

The Centre has directed states to prioritise those due for their second vaccine dose.

The directions also said that vaccine doses being provided through the union government should be used to inoculate those above 45 years and frontline and healthcare workers only.

The union government has already made assurance during several election rallies that it would bore expenses of inoculating persons aged above 45 years, while two weeks ago, Karnataka announced that it would inoculate below 45 years and above 18 years free of cost in government facilities.



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  • Raymond Albert Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, May 09 2021

    In the Arogya sethu app for those who are due for second dose of the Vaccine, there is no option to mention that they require Covaxin or Covishield. I feel that even if the app accepts the registeration for second dose, it is not sure whether Covaxin will be available or not. The app needs to be upgraded accordingly.

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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Government only expert in buying MLA's and MPs and failed in all other departments! Modi should resign immediately for mismanagement.

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  • Mathew, Udupi

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Vaccines availability has been a problem only in Udupi and DK. Everyone who voted for BJP is responsible for this mess.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Indirectly the health minister is directing the people of 18 to 44 to go to private hospitals and get the dose.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, May 09 2021

    Instead of just announcing please provide plan and give figure about availability both current and future as you have data for population and vaccines.

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