Uttar Pradesh is among the eight states that account for 60 per cent of the total vaccine doses given so far in the country.
Even as the centre continues to claim that there is no shortage of vaccines against COVID-19, private hospitals in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, near Delhi, are facing a crisis. A few private hospitals have not been carrying out vaccinations since Monday.
Many hospitals in Ghaziabad do not have clarity on when the next stock will arrive and have pasted notices at their entrance, saying they have run out of vaccine does. Hospitals have asked people to call them to check before they reach there.
The reports of vaccine shortage in Ghaziabad comes at a time when Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by Covid, has been reporting shortage of vaccines in several parts of the state, with some parts pausing inoculations.
“We don’t have vaccine stock since Monday. We could vaccinate only 50 people on Monday instead of the usual 200. We have stopped vaccinations since then. There’s no clarity on when next stock will come,” Dr Alok Gupta, director Lyf Hospital in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram, told NDTV.
“We are willing to vaccinate but no stock is being sent from the government. People with pre-booked slots are turning up for vaccination and are arguing with us after being told about the unavailability (of vaccines).”
Deepak Gupta, a 49-year-old businessman, is among those who were turned away by a hospital. “I have been running around vaccination centres for the last 3 to 4 days. There are no vaccines anywhere. We want to protect our health as well as of those around us but no vaccines available,” he said.
“We are taking time off from work to get vaccinated but it’s all getting wasted due to the vaccine shortage.”
Uttar Pradesh is among the eight states that account for 60 per cent of the total vaccine doses given so far in the country. The state logged 6,002 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, pushing its total caseload to over 6.45 lakh.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday denied any vaccine shortage in the country and hit out at demands by states like Maharashtra and Delhi for opening up vaccinations to more adults.