The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has asked private hospitals to ensure that Covaxin doses are only used to vaccinate people of the 18-44 age group, who are eligible for receiving the second dose during June. The directive comes as Delhi is short on Covaxin stock.
“All private hospitals and nursing homes functioning as Covid vaccination centres for Covaxin shall ensure that the doses shall be used to vaccinate only people of 18-44 age group, who are eligible for receiving the second dose during June,” the Delhi government said in a statement.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has asked senior officials of health and revenue departments and district magistrates to ensure compliance to the order "in letter and spirit".
In case anyone is found violating the directions, the person will be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Act and other applicable laws, according to the order.
The Delhi Health Department had issued an order on Thursday directing all government Covid vaccination centres to administer Covaxin "only to those eligible for receiving the second dose in respect of the age group of 18-44 years during the month of June or till further orders".
The city government has temporarily shut inoculation centres for the 18-44 age group due to the non-availability of the vaccine. However, some private hospitals have been providing jabs to this category.
With PTI inputs