Over 4.5 lakh people vaccinated in Kerala on Saturday, only vaccine doses for one day left in stock, says health minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister Veena George has announced that 4,53,339 people have been vaccinated in the state today. This is the first time in the state that these many people were vaccinated a day. Only about two lakh vaccines are in stock in the state now, including the 38,860 doses of Covaxin that arrived today. That means there isn’t even enough dose for everyone Sunday. He said vaccination in the state would be in limbo if the central government does not allow more vaccines on Sunday.

With this, the vanity of the propaganda that Kerala has hoarded 10 lakh vaccines has collapsed. Kerala is the best vaccinating state. Vaccination in the state is higher than the national average. The first dose of vaccination for health workers and frontline workers has reached 100 percent. This week alone, about 1.6 million lakh people were vaccinated. With this, the state has proved that it can give more than 4 lakh vaccines a day.

Today there were 1522 vaccination centers. There were 1,380 centres at the government level and 142 centers at the private level. Kannur district is in the first position by vaccinating 59,374 people. Thrissur district is just behind with 53,841 people vaccinated and Kottayam district became third with 51,276 people vaccinated.

So far 1,83,89,973 people in the state have been vaccinated. Of these, 1,28,23,869 were given the first dose and 55,66,104 were given the second dose. According to the 2011 census, 38.39 percent of the total population was given the first dose and 16.66 percent the second dose. According to the census, 53.43 percent of the population over the age of 18 were given the first dose and 23.19 percent the second dose. “This is well above the central average,” Veena George said in a statement.