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Media reports on shots administered in May "factually incorrect": Govt

Media reports on shots administered in May factually incorrect: Govt

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday denied media reports alleging that while the Centre has promised 120 million Covid shots in June, only around 58 million were administered of the 79 million available doses in May. The ministry also quoted the media reports as "factually incorrect and without any basis."

"There have been media reports alleging the Union Government promising 120 million doses of vaccines during June 2021 while administering only around 58 million doses from the total of 79 million doses available in May. This report is factually incorrect and without any basis," the statement said.

Between May 1-31, the states and union territories have administered a total of 61.06 million vaccine doses, according to the ministry's data updated at 7 am on June 1.

The remaining and unutilised 16.22 million doses were available with the states.

In a statement, the ministry said that the total number of vaccine shots available from May 1-31 was 79.45 million and added that the total number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 21,85,46,667.

The statement also took note of the several unfounded media reports and said that the misinformation from these reports has peddled among the masses regarding the vaccination exercise of national importance.

While observing that some of these media reports have criticised India's vaccination policy based on unverified quotes, the ministry remarked that the reports questioning the prioritisation of population segments are not supported by full information on the matter.

The prioritisation of beneficiaries for Covid vaccination was based on a review of available scientific evidence, WHO guidelines, global examples and practices followed in other countries, the ministry said.

In India, the primary objectives of vaccination are to protect the healthcare workers as part of the pandemic response system, prevent deaths and protect individuals at the highest risk and vulnerability of mortality due to the disease, it said.

Accordingly, it said, the vaccination drive has been sequentially expanded to cover the prioritised groups, starting with the healthcare workers, followed by the frontline workers, then people aged 60 years and above and those aged 45-59 years with 20 identified comorbidities.

Subsequently, from April 1, all citizens aged 45 years and above became eligible for vaccination.

Also, 37 per cent of beneficiaries in the 45 years and above age group have been administered the first dose of the vaccine, and 32 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries in this segment have received the second dose, the statement said.

From May 1, all citizens aged 18 years and above became eligible for vaccination. A "Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy" was adopted on May 1 which is guiding the ongoing third phase of the vaccination drive, it said.

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