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Maharashtra suspends COVID-19 vaccinations for two days after Centre’s App faces several issues

Rida Shaikh

The state of Maharashtra has suspended all the COVID-19 vaccinations taking place because of certain issues that its program-managing software is facing. Maharashtra public health Minister Rajesh Tope informed PTI that the center's software platform for managing the program is facing some technical difficulties and hence they are pausing all the COVID-19 vaccinations taking place across the state.

The CoWIN application is used to tally all the beneficiaries. The software was recently observed to have been experiencing some glitches and this has resulted in slowing down the inoculation process in several places. The officials informed this towards the end of the first day of India's mass vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus.

Rajesh Tope informed PTI, "Not just in Maharashtra, everywhere in the country this app created problems in the execution of vaccination drive. We have decided to suspend the vaccination for the next two days. On January 8, when dry run was conducted, and again today I specifically pointed out problems with the CoWIN app, and Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said he will look into it."

The government informed that they had aimed to vaccinate almost three lakh people by the end of day one across three thousand vaccination centers set up across the country. But, the government informed that 1.91 people had been inoculated by the end of day one.

The government also explained the reason behind such less number of people receiving their COVID-19 vaccination. The government said that many people were hesitant about receiving the vaccines.

An official told, "Around 65 percent of the total frontline health workers were vaccinated on the first day. The rest of them just didn't show up."

State Immunization Officer Dilip Patil also said, "The target was to administer vaccine doses to 28,500 beneficiaries at 285 centers in the state. By the end of the day, 18,425 beneficiaries, or 65 percent, were given the shot."


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