Mumbai:Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the vaccination for people aged between 18-45 years is temporarily suspended due to lack of smooth supply of vaccines. The chief minister said that Maharashtra will soon begin 24-hour vaccination in the state as production capacity is likely to ramp up starting June.
Thackeray, during the meeting with paediatric doctors and COVID task force team through video conference, said, “COVID inoculation drive for 18-44 age group has been suspended as the supply of vaccines is not smooth.”
“Corona is not over yet, we must be prepared ourselves regarding the third wave. In the second wave, we faced a shortage of oxygen, it should not be repeated in the future. In the coming days, I want to make sure that there is no shortage of oxygen. We will be self-reliant, but it will take time, ” the Maharashtra CM said.
He lauded the people in Maharashtra including, doctors, police, various party workers, NGOs for their co-operation in the fight against COVID-19.
The chief minister also said that he is ready to make a one-time payment for 12 crore doses for beneficiaries of that particular age group. People aged between 18-45 years account for six crore of the state’s total population, according to a report by news agency PTI.
“When there was a surge in the COVID cases in the state, I had to take tough decisions like lockdown to control the infection. It was taken for the benefit of the state and people really cooperated with us. This is the only reason we are able to control COVID. But it is not over yet,” Thackeray said.
“It is you all who made this possible. I am just the captain and the captain alone cannot do anything, it is the team who has the credit of this. I am proud that I have a strong team,” he added.
keep the number of Covid-19 cases in control. It is the success of our state as a united force comprising all stakeholders. We have to be alert to protect children from the possible third wave. The first wave hit senior citizens, the second one targeted youth and now children are under threat,” Uddhav Thackeray further added.
According to the Maharashtra health bulletin issued on Saturday, 26,133 new COVID-19 cases and 682 deaths in the last 24 hours.