The government data on Covid vaccine wastage shows that Jharkhand has wasted 33.95% Covid vaccine in May, the maximum by an individual state, While Kerala reported -6.37% vaccine wastage, West Bengal recorded -5.48%.
As per the Central government data, Chhattisgarh reported 15.79% vaccine wastage while Madhya Pradesh reported 7.35%. States like Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra reported 7.08%, 3.95%, 3.91%, 3.78% and 3.63% and 3.59% respectively.
The data showed that a total of 790.6 lakh vaccines were supplied to states and UTs in May out of which total vaccinations were 610.6 lakh while 658.6 lakh shots were utilised and the closing balance was 212.7 lakh.
The vaccination in May was less as compared to April in which a total of 898.7 lakh vaccinations were done, 902.2 lakh vaccines were utilised and the closing balance was 80.8 lakh.
India’s first dose coverage of over 45 year old population till June 7 was pegged at 38% with Tripura’s coverage being 92%, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh 65% each, Gujarat 53%, Kerala 51% and Delhi 49%.
Tamil Nadu’s first dose coverage of the 45-plus population is at a low of 19%, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh at 24% each and Bihar at 25%.
Earlier on Wednesday, 36 Tamil Nadu districts reported out of Covid vaccines with 39 of 45 health units reporting zero stock. Following which, the Tamil Nadu Health Minister MA Subramanian has raised an alarm and said no jabs are available in the 36 districts while less than 2,000 doses remaining in Chennai.