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Gandhinagar: Even as the central government calls on the citizens to get vaccinated under the Tika Utsav (vaccination festival) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, state agencies are finding it difficult to acquire vaccine stock.
First India contacted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members and Congress MLAs for their thoughts on the vaccination awareness campaign in the state, most of them complained of limited or no vaccine doses available to their constituents.
Assuring that the party was campaigning about the importance of vaccination in villages, Congress MLA from Vansda Anant Patel said, “We are questioned about the availability of vaccines by the people.
The other day, I received a call from residents of five to six villages complaining that there was no vaccine available when they reached their local community health centres.
In my constituency, there are 11 talukas which have received just 300 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits. People have to wait almost a week for their RT-PCR results. We do not know when we will receive vaccines.”
Congress MLA Amrish Der of Rajula constituency had written a letter to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani demanding vaccine stock for his constituency.
In the letter, he mentioned, “Despite the extensive vaccination campaign, there are no vaccine doses available to us. I request you to provide sufficient vaccination doses in two days’ time or else I will sit on dharna, while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.”
Meanwhile, BJP MLAs have continued to follow the government’s lead when it comes to the pandemic. Commenting on the vaccine dose shortage, Ellisbridge MLA Rakesh Shah said, “Things have normalized over the past two days.
All issues with the vaccine stock have been resolved. Over 376 vaccine doses were administered in three wards of my constituency on May 05.”
Washing his hands off the issue, Vadodara MLA Yogesh Patel said, “Only the corporation (Vadodara Municipal Corporation) can share the real picture of the vaccination issue. They are handling it.”