Jharkhand topped the list of vaccine wastage according to government data while Kerala and West Bengal saved 1.10 lakh and 1.61 lakh doses respectively.
Jharkhand reported maximum wastage of 33.95 per cent.
Kerala and West Bengal recorded negative wastage, -6.37 per cent and -5.48 per cent respectively.
However, the Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand rejected the data terming the vaccine wastage figure by the Centre as "old data". The Jharkhand government said it has received permission from the central ministry to rectify the related data and the vaccine wastage was 1.5 per cent in the state.
According to the Centre’s data, Chhattisgarh reported 15.79 per cent vaccine wastage while Madhya Pradesh reported 7.35 per cent.
States like Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra reported 7.08 per cent, 3.95 per cent, 3.91 per cent, 3.78 and 3.63 per cent and 3.59 per cent respectively.
The data showed that a total of 790.6 lakh vaccines were supplied to states and UTs in May out of which total vaccinations were 610.6 lakh while 658.6 lakh shots were utilised and the closing balance was 212.7 lakh.
The vaccination in May was less as compared to April in which a total of 898.7 lakh vaccinations were done, 902.2 lakh vaccines were utilised and the closing balance was 80.8 lakh.
India's first dose coverage of the 45-plus population till June 7 was pegged at 38 per cent with Tripura's coverage being 92 per cent, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh 65 per cent each, Gujarat 53 per cent, Kerala 51 per cent and Delhi 49 per cent.
Tamil Nadu's first dose coverage of the 45-plus population is at a low of 19 per cent, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh at 24 per cent each and Bihar at 25 per cent.
(With PTI inputs)
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