Covaxin now available in major hospitals in Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Beneficiaries can now receive Covaxin, the made-in-India Covid-19 vaccine, after it was made available to major hospitals in the state. On Friday, chief minister BS Yediyurappa took the Bharat Biotech vaccine at PMSSY hospital which is associated with Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).
Sources say the chief minister is the first senior citizen in the state to get Covaxin. Health minister K Sudhakar also took the jab on Friday at the same hospital, but under the frontline workers category.
This comes a day after Covaxin was taken off clinical trial mode by the Drug Controller General of India. With the manufacturers submitting interim efficacy data of Phase 3 of the clinical trials to the Drug Controller General of India recently, the Centre has said those taking Covaxin no longer have to submit consent forms.
Hitherto, Covaxin was administered only in six medical institutions in Karnataka — one each in Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Davanagere and Ballari — to healthcare workers. However, since a consent form was needed, there was hesitancy against taking the dose.
Now, based on directions from the Centre, the state government has distributed Covaxin vials to all districts. BMCRI, where the CM got vaccinated, has received 200 doses.
“Covaxin has been distributed to all districts. Some have scheduled it from Saturday onwards and some from the day after. Karnataka currently has a stock of 4 lakh Covaxin doses and around 20 lakh Covishield doses,” said KV Trilok Chandra, commissioner, health and family welfare department.
The health department, however, is yet to issue details of the vaccine centres which will administer Covaxin.
Dr BN Rajani, deputy director, immunisation, health and family welfare department told TOI that instructions have been given to health facilities which have several vaccination sites to dedicate one to administering Covaxin. Those who opt for Covaxin, can register at the specific centres. “To that extent, there is a choice,” Chandra said.
BBMP received 50,000 doses of Covaxin on Friday and commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad warned staff not to mix up the doses of the two vaccines. “Those who were administered Covishield must get the same vaccine for the second dose. There cannot be room for confusion,” said Prasad.
Many healthcare workers who refused Covishield and preferred to wait for Covaxin, will now get the jabbed and vaccination coverage among healthcare workers may increase, sources in the health department said.

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