Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Kerala, these are the states where there is no BJP government.
These five states say that even though the central government has announced that in the third phase of vaccination, those aged 18 years and above will be able to get the vaccine from May 1, but it will be delayed.
According to The Hindu’s news , these states say that vaccine manufacturers have made it clear that they can negotiate future orders only after fulfilling their commitment with the central government.
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said that when the Rajasthan government contacted the Serum Institute, they were told that the vaccine would not be available until May 15.
Quoting Raghu Sharma, the newspaper writes that “The Serum Institute told us that by May 15, they may not be able to fulfill the earlier orders of the Central Government”.
Raghu Sharma said this during a press conference of health ministers of non-BJP ruled states. In this conference, T. Singh Dev of Chhattisgarh, Balbir Singh Sidhu of Punjab and Banna Gupta of Jharkhand were included.
Raghu Sharma said that the process of the orders given by the state governments for the vaccine will be started only after May 15. He said that “When there are no vaccines, then how should we give vaccines to all people above the age of 19 years?”
Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Dev accused the Modi government of joking with all the people. He said, “The central government is misleading the people and is trying to divert people’s anger towards the state governments.”
He said that before announcing the third phase of vaccination, the center should have found the supply chain.
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that “The situation in Punjab is already bad. We are already struggling with the shortage of vaccine.”
Kerala is also facing a similar situation. Kerala currently has only four lakh dosages left and has already started vaccinating in small numbers and this is only due to the shortage of vaccine.
Although vaccination will start for people over 18 years of age from May 1, but these states have made it clear that vaccination for this group will be started only when stock is available.