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Most states postpone May 1 vaccination planNEW DELHI: May 1 was to be a ‘hope day’ for the country, beginning a big bang inoculation drive for the youth. But, on Wednesday, when the registration process began, most states put off their plans, faced with vaccine shortage while many beneficiaries could not get dates for inoculation.

Even as thousands logged in to register for vaccination, many states went back to the drawing board, not knowing when they could begin the drive. In Maharashtra, the drive may now begin only by May-end, while UP may do a token drive on May 1. MP has decided to put off vaccination for 60+ and 45+ for two days so that the drive for the 18-44 age group could begin on May 1.

“A vaccination schedule will be announced once planning for procurement of vaccine stocks is done,” said Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said on Monday the state government has approved the purchase of 1.3 crore vaccines. Sources in the government said the shots are yet to arrive and it is likely that the third phase of the inoculation drive might not start in a big way on May 1.

Beneficiaries in Delhi also had to deal with technical glitches while trying to register — from not getting OTPs to not being allowed to register and inability to upload documents and scheduling an appointment for vaccination. In Goa too, many of those who managed to register themselves, could not get appointments.

In TN, many users complained of glitches in accessing and registering themselves on the Co-Win app. Complaints poured in from Kerala too. Many states like Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, TN, Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, HP have placed orders with pharma companies but are not sure if stocks would reach them on time putting the May 1 plan in a limbo. Gujarat government will release its revised schedule once it receives dates for arrival of vaccines. In Bengal, beneficiaries could register but no appointment dates have been provided. Meanwhile, adding to the list of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, Congress on Wednesday said Punjab may not be able to roll out new vaccination in time because of shortage of stock. The party said Punjab wrote to the SII for vaccines but the state has not received any reply.


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