Agartala: The COVID-19 vaccination drive for people above 18 years of age, which was scheduled to start from May 1 in Tripura, is likely to be delayed as the vaccine manufacturer has not yet given any green signal about the supply of doses, said National Health Mission (NHM), Tripura mission director Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal.

Speaking with EastMojo, Jaiswal said that the Tripura government is fully prepared. The name will be registered in the site as usual. However, it is only after the state receives the vaccine that doses can be given to the people.

“The vaccine manufacturer is being contacted regularly. However, there is no positive message in the delivery of vaccines. The vaccine will be delivered to Maharashtra first, the institute said, because the situation there has become very terrible. Then they will think about supply in Tripura,” Jaiswal said.

Speaking further, he said that the Tripura government has made all preparations for vaccination of those above 18 years of age and below 45 years of age.

“Proposals to various organisations have been sent. Even the fund has been sanctioned by the state. The cabinet meeting scheduled on Tuesday would approve the matter. Only then will it be possible to quote the supply of vaccines. However, until the manufacturer confirms the vaccine supply, it would not be possible to start the vaccination from May 1. It will take more time,” Jaiswal added.

He said that the matter has been informed in a video conference with the district magistrates on Saturday. “Moreover, messages have also been sent to political parties. We need to make sure that people do not get confused unnecessarily,” he said.

Meanwhile, when questioned about the availability of oxygen and how the state has prepared to deal with the situation as the demand increases in coming days, Jaiswal said that the state currently has three refilling stations and some quantity has also been procured from Silchar, Assam.

“The state has sufficient supply as per the demand of oxygen for now and it can cater the need of the hospitals as of now. In case the supply stops from Assam, the state might face difficulties in meeting the need,” Jaiswal said.

He said that review meetings are being done by the higher officials in this regard and a nodal officer Dr Vishal Kumar has been appointed to the oxygen management and supply in the state.

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The state has around 1,000 cylinders requirement and in next 15 days the stock will be available to cater the demand whenever required.

However, registrations for the latest round of vaccination will open from April 28 on the CoWin platform. All above 18 years are eligible for vaccination from May 1.

According to the new vaccine rules, states and private entities can buy vaccines directly for inoculations. The centre will continue to vaccinate those declared eligible so far – frontline workers, health workers and those above 45.

Meanwhile, all the districts have been asked to prepare for the situation and arrange 10-bedded facilities for the treatment of moderate cases in the respected places.

In West Tripura district, the number of cases have been on a rise and the positive rate in the PHC and CHC was recorded at 6 per cent, which is higher in comparison to people entering the state.

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