3,400 doses of Covid-19 vaccine go to waste in Meerut
| Tuesday | 23rd February, 2021
Covid-19 vaccine has gone to waste in Meerut between January 16 and February 15. The health department officials have blamed it on the duplication of data and failure of beneficiaries to turn up at the vaccination booths. Authorities maintained that the duplication in data happened due to a glitch in the software.
3,400 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have gone to waste in Meerut between January 16 and February 15. The health department officials have blamed it on the duplication of data and failure of beneficiaries to turn up at the vaccination booths. Authorities maintained that the duplication in data happened due to a glitch in the software. “The life of a vaccine is four hours and once a vial is opened, the vaccines inside it have to be used.
However, many vaccines went to waste because of a duplication of data. The software recognises each phone number as an individual and in cases where one person had more than one phone number, it identified them as different individuals,” said Meerut district surveillance officer Dr Prashant Kumar.
Health officials said the low turnout of the beneficiaries at the vaccination booths was as much responsible for the wastage as the duplication of data. Each vial of Covishield has 10 doses and it has a shelf life of four hours. “This is the initial phase of vaccination and it is currently available for emergency use only. A plan of action is being made to ensure that no further glitches lead to duplication and that the turnout is not low,” said Meerut district immunisation officer Dr Praveen Gautam.
A month ago, 44 vials of Covid vaccine were wasted after they froze at a community health centre (CHC) in Gunnar town of Sambhal district.
Earlier this month, over 25,000 doses of the Covid vaccine were wasted in Tamil Nadu due to low turnout at vaccination centres. The Directorate of Health, which is overseeing the coronavirus vaccination drive in the southern state, had said that almost 15% of the vaccine shots that were allotted to the state in the first phase, had gone to waste.
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