Even because the centre continues to assert that there isn’t any scarcity of vaccines towards COVID-19, non-public hospitals in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, close to Delhi, are dealing with a disaster. A couple of non-public hospitals haven’t been finishing up vaccinations since Monday.
Many hospitals in Ghaziabad do not need readability on when the following inventory will arrive and have pasted notices at their entrance, saying they’ve run out of vaccine does. Hospitals have requested individuals to name them to test earlier than they attain there.
The experiences of vaccine scarcity in Ghaziabad comes at a time when Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by Covid, has been reporting scarcity of vaccines in a number of elements of the state, with some elements pausing inoculations.
“We do not have vaccine inventory since Monday. We might vaccinate solely 50 individuals on Monday as a substitute of the same old 200. We’ve stopped vaccinations since then. There is not any readability on when subsequent inventory will come,” Dr Alok Gupta, director Lyf Hospital in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram, advised NDTV.
“We’re keen to vaccinate however no inventory is being despatched from the federal government. Individuals with pre-booked slots are turning up for vaccination and are arguing with us after being advised in regards to the unavailability (of vaccines).”
Deepak Gupta, a 49-year-old businessman, is amongst those that had been turned away by a hospital. “I’ve been working round vaccination centres for the final 3 to 4 days. There aren’t any vaccines wherever. We need to defend our well being in addition to of these round us however no vaccines out there,” he stated.
“We’re taking break day from work to get vaccinated nevertheless it’s all getting wasted as a result of vaccine scarcity.”
70-year-old Rajrani Verma, who needed to flip again from one other non-public hospital as a result of unavailability of vaccines stated, “We had been seeing within the information simply yesterday that the federal government is promising that they won’t let vaccine portions fall brief. However we got here right here to the vaccination centre they usually stated that there aren’t any vaccines.”
NDTV discovered that atleast 13 non-public hospitals in Ghaziabad do not need any vaccine inventory at the moment:
St Joseph Hospital
Chandra Laxmi Hospital
Most non-public hospitals have been advised by authorities that they may get new vaccine inventory tentatively between Saturday-Tuesday. By the top of Wednesday, Ghaziabad had 12,000 doses out there and practically 10,000 individuals get vaccinated on Thursdays often. (For context-Monday, Thursday, and Friday are focus days fot the native authority. Different days are leaner as routine well being programmes, together with different vaccination drives for new child kids and pregnant ladies are additionally held. Different days, day by day vaccination is round 5,500.)
In Ghaziabad, the positivity fee is at 1.36%, highest since December final yr, inflicting the native authorities to impose an evening curfew from right this moment, between 10 pm to five am.
When NDTV contacted Ghaziabad DM Ajay Shankar Pandey, he refused to touch upon digicam, however claimed that there was no vaccine scarcity and a few hospitals weren’t being despatched vaccines briefly as a result of there are discrepancies of their vaccination registration course of.
The centre has been saying that opposition dominated states have been complaining of vaccine scarcity solely to play politics. Nevertheless, the vaccine scarcity is clearly evident in Ghaziabad, a metropolis in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh is among the many eight states that account for 60 per cent of the whole vaccine doses given to date within the nation. The state logged 6,002 new Covid circumstances within the final 24 hours, pushing its whole caseload to over 6.45 lakh.
Union Well being Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday denied any vaccine scarcity within the nation and hit out at calls for by states like Maharashtra and Delhi for opening up vaccinations to extra adults.