According to government data, Kerala and West Bengal had zero wastage of Covid-19 vaccinations in May, saving 1.10 lakh and 1.61 lakh doses, respectively, while Jharkhand had the highest wastage of 33.95 percent. West Bengal has a -5.48 percent vaccine wastage rate, compared to Kerala’s -6.37 percent.
In Chhattisgarh, 15.79 percent of vaccines were wasted, whereas in Madhya Pradesh, 7.35 percent were wasted. Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra each reported 7.08 percent, 3.95 percent, 3.91 percent, 3.78 percent, 3.63 percent, and 3.59 percent. According to the data, states and UTs received a total of 790.6 lakh vaccines in May, with total vaccinations of 610.6 lakh, 658.6 lakh injections used, and a closing balance of 212.7 lakh.
In May, fewer people were vaccinated than in April, when 898.7 lakh people were vaccinated, 902.2 lakh vaccines were used, and the closing balance was 80.8 lakh. India’s first dose coverage of the 45-plus population was 38 percent as of June 7, with 92 percent in Tripura, 65 percent in Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, 53 percent in Gujarat, 51 percent in Kerala, and 49 percent in Delhi.
The first dose coverage of the 45-plus population in Tamil Nadu is 19%, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh are both at 24%, and Bihar is at 25%.