Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
In Madhya Pradesh, people between 18 and 44 years of age will start getting the Corona vaccine from May 5. This decision was taken by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a high level meeting on Monday. Earlier, he had also discussed with the Union ministers. A day earlier, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang had also said that 18+ should start vaccination within 48 hours. Along with this, journalists will also be vaccinated by putting up a district-specific special camps.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh said that the state needs 5 crore 19 lakh doses. The government has ordered 45 lakh doses of Covishield and 10 lakh doses of Kovaxin, but has not yet been delivered. However, one and a half lakh doses of Covaxin have arrived in the state from Hyderabad on Friday night. There is a possibility that Madhya Pradesh government may formally initiate vaccination part-3 like the government of Chhattisgarh.
Ministry sources said, even though the state government has to buy the vaccine directly from the company for people between 18 and 44 years, but the central government has to decide how many doses will be supplied to the state. In such a situation, the Chief Minister has talked to the Center to make more doses available to MP.
77 thousand people got registred
Due to non-availability of vaccine doses, the government had postponed vaccination in the state from May 1, while 77 thousand people had registered in the state to get vaccinated on the first day of vaccination part-3. Vaccination drive could not be started due to non-availability of vaccine.
According to sources, the government may start vaccination on the lines of 'first come and first serve'. Registration has started on April 28 on Kovin portal and Arogya Setu for vaccination in the state. There were 77 thousand slot books in the former state for May 1.
School and college campuses will be made centers
Sources say that the existing system is being changed for the new drive for vaccination. Till now hospitals have been made centers, but school and college campuses are being made centers for applying vaccines to people between 18 and 44 years. The reason for this is that the hospitals are getting crowded due to the high number of corona patients. Therefore, schools and college campuses are being selected to build new centers.