Pune, 1st April 2023: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has closed its Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs) from today as the city has run out of Covid-19 vaccines amid a surge in cases. At least 50 new Covid cases were reported in PMC limits on Friday, with 777 cases in March.
PMC officials say the last two months have been spent waiting for new vaccine supplies, and the municipal body had requested a fresh supply of Covid-19 vaccines in a letter to the state public health agency two months ago, but to no avail. The state government did provide a few doses of Covaxin, but no doses of Covishield have been provided in the past two months. PMC had earlier received a stock of 13,000 doses of Covishield and 10,000 doses of Covaxin in January this year.
Since PMC began administering vaccines on January 16, 2021, at least 3.59 lakh individuals, or 10.80% of the 33.30 lakh eligible residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 3.14 lakh, or 94%, receiving the second dose. PMC officials say that the lack of vaccine doses is a significant concern as the number of cases in the city continues to rise, and they are urging the state government to provide more vaccines as soon as possible.
With the closure of CVCs, many citizens may have to delay their scheduled vaccinations. The officials are requesting the public to remain patient and follow all necessary Covid-19 protocols until the vaccine supply situation improves.