Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy noted that the COVID vaccination campaign would take at least six months to complete if the state received 1 crore vaccine per month and suggested officials consider pending global tenders to raise sufficient quantities .
Only 19 lakh doses of vaccine are currently being shipped per month, he said in a review meeting on COVID vaccination and disease control measures held at his warehouse office on Monday. Mr Jagan said while states are free to source vaccines directly from companies, the center has a say in the allocations. Despite this knowledge, some vested politicians spread misinformation, causing panic, he said.
He asked officers to reinforce helpline number 104 and to make mock phone calls from time to time to monitor them. He ordered that patients who do not need to be hospitalized should be taken to COVID care centers. Arogya Mitra volunteers should be available in every hospital to help the patients and their families, he said.
Officials told the Prime Minister that to date the state has received 60,60,400 doses of Covishield and 12,89,560 doses of Covaxin. A total of 1,33,07,889 people over 45 years of age were enrolled, of whom 41,08,917 received the first dose and 13,35,744 received both doses. He said officials should make sure there is no rush at vaccination centers and urged officials to take steps to set up PSA oxygen systems in teaching and community hospitals to meet demand.
He instructed the DGP D. Gautam Sawang to submit a daily report on the implementation of the curfew.
The deputy prime minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, the general secretary Aditya Nath Das, the DGP Gautam Sawang, the chairman of the COVID command control KS Jawahar Reddy, the general secretary (health) Anil Kumar Singhal and others were present.