NEW DELHI: Private hospitals have procured 80 lakh doses of anti-Covid vaccines, whereas states and UTs have bought 1.23 crore doses so far directly from vaccine manufacturers since the new vaccination policy came into effect from May 1 allowing states and private sector to directly procure 50% of the local production of vaccines.
An additional 1.27 crore doses directly procured by states and UTs is in the pipeline and will be supplied soon, the

Centre

said on Tuesday.
While shortage of vaccination slots – particularly in the private sector and for those between 18-44 years of age – have raised concerns during last two weeks amid surge in infection, the government assured the supply situation will improve going forward and there will be adequate doses available for all adults.
So far, 32% or one-third of the population above 45 years of age in the country have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines, whereas 50% of the population that is due for their second dose is yet to receive their second shot.
The Centre urged people to seek the second dose and asked states to ensure more people complete their vaccination course on time.
States and UTs like Uttarakhand, J&K, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh,

Himachal Pradesh

,

Sikkim

, Ladakh and Tripura have over 50% coverage of first dose of the vaccines among 45 plus population.
Around 88% of the fatalities are reported in people above 45 years of age and higher immunization in this age group can be instrumental in reducing mortality.
“Look at the big countries, 46% in the US got at least one dose, in Germany at least one dose has been given to 34% population,” Dr

VK Paul

,

Niti Aayog

member-health, said.
While many states are still lagging in administering the second dose of the vaccine to eligible beneficiaries, the Centre has advised states and UTs to earmark at least 70% doses of each tranche for administration of second dose.