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Karnataka may not start Covid-19 vaccination for 18-44 years group from May 1

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CoWIN digital platform continues to accept 18-44 years registration

BENGALURU:

Amid the skyrocketing spike in Covid-19 positive cases, the only hope seems to be vacccinating the largest percentage of the population. But the reality is that those in the 18-44 years age group may end up waiting for some more days as Karnataka may not be in a position to start the vaccination drive for this group from May 1.

Also Read: Karnataka govt admits jabs for 18-44 age group will be delayed https://thebengalurulive.com/karnataka-govt-admits-jabs-for-18-44-age-group-will-be-delayed/

The Karnataka government on Wednesday, April 28, placed an order for one crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines specifically for this age group. The Chief Secretary said the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive for the 18-44 years age group will be rolled out in the state once the schedule of supplies is received from the manufacturers. He added that the implementation of vaccination will continue to be through the CoWIN portal.

Jabs for 45+ group to continue

The Chief Secretary also maintained that the scheduling of slots for vaccination at government and private facilities will be visible on portals once the sessions are scheduled. However, vaccination of eligible beneficiaries above 45 years will continue in all government facilities even after May 1.

Rs 400 cr for target group

The Government of Karnataka has already spent Rs 400 crore to buy one crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines for vaccination of the population in the age group of 18-44 years — and youths will have to wait until the manufacturers deliver the supplies.

Meanwhile, the CoWIN portal continues with the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against Covid-19.

‘No server crash’

The Union health ministry clarified that media reports that the server has crashed “are incorrect and are without any basis”.

“With more than 80 lakh registrations and 383 million API hits till 7 pm, the #CoWIN Digital Platform continues to work without any technical glitch on the 1st Day of Registration of the Expanded Eligible Population Groups,” the Union health ministry tweeted.

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