Covid vaccine shortage: Sikkim doubtful of starting third phase inoculation from May 1


GUWAHATI: While the registration for the third phase of nationwide vaccination drive against Coronavirus began on Wednesday evening, not all states will not be able to provide vaccination to all those aged between 18 to 44 years starting May 1st.

The Himalayan state of Sikkim will not be able to initiate the vaccination process as the state currently faces a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines.

Speaking to Northeast Live, Directorate of Health Services and State Immunisation Officer, Dr Phumzay Denzongpa informed that the procurement process for the vaccines is still on.

She added that the government has proposed to procure 6.60 lakh doses of Covishield and has placed an order to the Serum Institute of India, Pune. Out of which 1.50 lakh doses is scheduled to be delivered in May.

Denzongpa further added that the vaccination drive for people of 18 to 44 age group will begin only after receiving the consignment.

There is no facility of onsite registration for the certain age group of people. However vaccinations of Health Care Workers, Frontline Workers and above 45 years will continue, she said.