Thumbs up, but vials Are down
Even as the Centre frowned upon the huge vaccine vial wastage in the state, private hospitals are devising their own strategies to
“We usually see a rush in the morning but the number of beneficiaries is scanty in the evenings. So, we give Covaxin in the mornings and administer Covishield in the evenings,” said a doctor. He explained that in a Covishield vial, each vial was 5 ml and 10 doses (0.5 ml of dose is administered to each beneficiary), but in case of Covaxin, each vial has 10 ml and 20 doses (0.5 ml of dose is administered to each beneficiary).
This is why if a vial of Covaxin is wasted, the wastage is more as compared to Covishield. So, Covaxin vials are preferred when the turnout is huge, he said.
During Wednesday’s interaction between BBMP officials and doctors from private hospitals, doctors had a special demand. A doctor said that they have to discard the vaccine dose when fewer that 10 or its multiple turn up. The doctor said that it is only fair that the BBMP reimburse the losses incurred by private hospitals.
Another doctor said, “We are finding it difficult to manage with 20 dose vials of Covaxin as beneficiaries have drastically reduced. Every day, three to four doses are getting wasted.” A doctor explained the math. “We get only Rs 100 per dose but we need to spend on human resource and logistics for each. Many times, seven people don’t turn up in the scheduled session and as a result we are wasting vials and this is resulting in loss and so we should be compensated,” the doctor said.
During the interaction, the then BBMP commissioner
Coming of wast-age
One vial has to be used completely within four hours once it is opened. As a single Covishield vial can be utilised to inoculate 10 people and only if six turn up within four hours of opening the vial, the other doses get wasted. The
Demand for Covaxin
After initial hesitation for Covaxin, demand seems to be picking up for Covaxin. Many hospitals said that they are receiving queries from people if Covaxin was available for vaccination. Another reason could be that the Centre had recently advised to defer the second dose of Covishield to six to eight weeks as it offers better results but for Covaxin, the second dose has to be taken on the 29th day.