Raipur: Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo said that the central government has made a mistake by dividing Covid vaccination drive in two parts.
“I have never heard so far that a national vaccination drive is conducted in parts. Only one national programme is there and the vaccines are supplied from one authority i.e. central government that too on a fully subsidized rate”, he added.
The minister said that the state government has ordered 50 lakh doses of vaccines 25 lakh each from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. However, Bharat Biotech has clarified that only 3 lakh vaccines will be given. Only 1.5 lakh vaccines will come in the first batch. In such a situation, the government cannot start vaccination from May 1. He said that till now vaccination campaigns have been done at the central level. Despite the situation of national disaster, the central government is running away from its responsibility. For the first time, states have to buy vaccines for vaccination. The status of supply of vaccines is not clear which is making it difficult to plan the further process.
He said that it is not possible to start vaccination of 1.29 crore people with mere 1.5 lakh vaccine doses. The center took decision of beginning vaccination of all adults in pressure without taking state government into confidence. They knew that only 7 crore vaccines are being manufactured in a month in the country, whereas 80 crore people will be vaccinated in the country. In such a situation, if the vaccine is manufactured at the same pace, then it will take 23 months for all the people to get vaccinated. He alleged that the central government has misled people and the government should have told earlier that vaccine production is decreasing.
Although the online registration process will start, but if the states do not have the vaccine, then how will the vaccination be done. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the meeting of the Chief Ministers of the states that 24 lakh dose vaccines are being prepared in a day, but did not say on which basis the states will get the vaccine. He further added that the state has the vaccination capacity of 3 lakh people per day. The campaign would have completed a month earlier, if the center had made available adequate amount of vaccine for people above 45 years of age.
He said that the state government may not be able to start the vaccination of people above 18 years from May 1.