With Government hospitals in the state failing to kickstart the process of vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group due to shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Health Department to explore all options for the supply of vaccination.
Though the state government had made payment of Rs 10.37 crore to Serum Institute of India (SII) for procurement of around 30 lakh doses on April 26, no schedule for supply had so far been received from them, Health Secretary Hussan Lal informed the state cabinet during a virtual meeting chaired by Captain Amarinder Singh.
Only some private hospitals, which had placed direct orders for vaccination in Punjab, had commenced the process of vaccinating the 18-44 population, the meeting was informed.
For the state government, SII has only indicated that the availability of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield will be known in about four weeks’ time, he added.
The meeting was informed that in the circumstances, vaccination in the 18-44 age group could not be launched in Punjab government hospitals, nor was there any clarity on when the process could begin.
Meanwhile, the cabinet approved one-time relaxation in Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules, 1964 for transfer of 5 acres of Panchayat land in Mohali to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for the establishment of the National Institute of Virology for North Zone. The Institute has been sanctioned by the central government on a proposal by the Punjab government.
The cabinet authorized DC Mohali to complete all necessary formalities for the transfer of the land in village Mullanpur Garibdas in block Kharar in district SAS Nagar (Mohali). Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said construction for the institute would start by the end of this year.
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