Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (File Photo)
New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday demanded that the Centre should give the status of available Covid-19 vaccine doses in the country.
Airing his views on Twitter, Gehlot said that there is a shortage of vaccines in many states.
“No politics is being done in the vaccination drive but it is clear from the facts that there is a shortage of vaccines in many states. Today media published photos of vaccines not being available at vaccination centers in several states. In such a situation, the Central Government should publicly admit that there is a lack of vaccines in the country,” Gehlot tweeted.
He said that around 5.18 lakh vaccines are being administered daily in Rajasthan.
“On the morning of April 9, there were about 9.70 lakh vaccine dosages left in the state. After the completion of today’s vaccination, there are only about 5 lakh vaccine doses left in the state that are insufficient for further continuing the vaccination,” Gehlot said.
The Rajasthan Chief Minister announced that the state will have to stop vaccination drive in many districts on Saturday due to lack of vaccines.
“Rajasthan is expected to receive 3.83 lakh doses of vaccine from the central government on 12 April. Due to this, vaccination will have to be stopped in many districts in Rajasthan tomorrow.”
He added that even the vaccination drive won’t be continued for more than one day in the state with the expected 3.83 lakh dosages.
“The Prime Minister has given a call to celebrate ‘Teeka Utsav’ (vaccination festival) from Jyotiba Phule Jayanti on April 11 to Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14, but the vaccine is not available in the states. In such a situation, how can the festival be celebrated?” he questioned.
Gehlot had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday requesting 30 lakh vaccines for Rajasthan. (PW News)