Private hospitals sitting on 10 million unused Covid-19 vax doses

Close to 2 million may expire in December; hospitals start giving free shots

Sohini DasRuchika Chitravanshi Mumbai/New Delhi
Coronavirus vaccine

Private hospitals had gone slow on ordering vaccines since the demand for paid vaccines went down

Amid dwindling demand and an impending decision on Covid booster shots, private hospitals have started to liquidate their vaccine stock nearing expiry by giving free jabs to citizens. Private hospitals are sitting on 10 million unused doses, of which 15-20 per cent will expire next month, said Girdhar Gyani, director-general of the Association of Healthcare Providers (India).
With around 2 million Covid vaccine doses likely to get wasted in December, leading hospital chains have now started to give it gratis to citizens. Some hospitals, however, say they will review the situation in the middle of January.
Apart from private hospitals, states and Union Territories have 219 million unused doses available with them as on November 23, which were distributed by the Centre. This is roughly one-month’s inventory, going by the current rate of vaccination.

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First Published: Nov 24 2021 | 12:34 AM IST

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