AMC Stock – 40,000 vaccines in stock with AMC | Aurangabad News
Aurangabad: Amid the reducing footfall of beneficiaries, the stock of vaccine with Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had increased to around 40,000 by Thursday.
The civic authorities said vaccinating those above 18 years of age is being mooted after official approval from the state government considering the slow pace of vaccination among citizens above 45 years of age. “While citizens used to wait for vaccines earlier, now our health staffers at vaccination sites are waiting for beneficiaries. Besides, the increased gap in two doses, the reduced momentum of vaccination can be also attributed to reluctance from a section of people to take the vaccine,” said AMC health officer Neeta Padalkar.
The AMC is receiving a supply of vaccine in batches of 5,000 to 6,000 regularly. As per official data, around 1,888 vaccinations had taken place in the past week in Aurangabad by Wednesday. “While the Centre has recently stated that online registration is not mandatory for anyone above 18 years to avail the vaccine, the state government is expected to ratify the stand shortly. We are expecting an official order from the states to resume vaccination for those above 18 years,” she said.
AMC administrator Astik Kumar Pandey, who had earlier contemplated action against eligible beneficiaries for not taking the vaccine, said on Wednesday that he was in favour of such a step if the need arises.
Balasaheb Mule, a 79-year old resident of Garkheda area, said “I may be wrong, but I have still not overcome the fear of vaccination. My children and grandchildren tried to convince me to take the vaccine, but I am still against it.”
As per official data, the municipal limits of Aurangabad have witnessed a total of 3,33,405 vaccinations so far.