04 October Tuesday

Time Slots Unavailable Owing to Vaccine Shortage: CM

Web Desk (TVM)Updated: Wednesday Apr 28, 2021

 Thiruvananthapuram: People registering for vaccine online are unable to get appointments owing to vaccine shortage faced by state, , said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.  The state currently has only 3,68,840 doses in stock, the reason why it was urged the  centre for a consignment of 50 lakh shots at one go. The demand was placed before the centre formulated its  new policy on vaccine.

Some might wonder why the state needs to call on such huge stock instead of doses  just enough for day or two. Well, potential receivers are given appointments online several days in advance. For vaccine centres to be able to administer the shots at scheduled appointments, it is essential to have bulk stored in advance  so it that can be delivered to these venues ideally in time and  without interruption. However now, with state short on stock,  appointments at a stretch too are being witheld, said CM.

Appointments  Will Become Available
Currently, as soon as  stock arrives, time slots are allotted for the next day and quickly get exhausted as a result of which,  those visiting the website at a later time on the day find no appointments available. However, that does not however mean time-slots have ended for  next few days.  If one were to visit the site  next day, vacant  time-slots will mostly likely appear again.   The solution to this tricky situation is having sufficient stock so as to be able to provide time-slots over several days ahead, said CM.

Wider Arrangements At Vaccine Centers; Will Appoint Nodal Officer
Arrangements shall be broadened to prevent cramming at vaccine centres in Thiruvananthapuram, said CM.  Inoculations are running smooth at 51 centres in the district. At mass-vaccination centres such as Jimmy George Indoor Stadium, special officer of Thesildar rank shall be deputed as Nodal officer  to oversee methodology and arrangements on venue.

Meanwhile, the government   instructed the district’s private medical colleges to reserve 70 percent of beds for Covid patients. 50 percent of these will become available today,.  30 percent of reserve these beds will be dedicated to patients referred under Karunya scheme. Also, ambulance teams have been deployed at taluk level to  ensure emergency transit  services for   panchayat Domiciliary Care Centres, FLCs  and CFLTCs   set up  in the district.

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