‘Centre should focus on ensuring jabs for states, not on hiding information’: Sisodia


By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Thursday said the central government should focus on ensuring the supply of enough Covid vaccines to the states, rather than preventing them from sharing information regarding their vaccine stocks.

The Delhi government shares information regarding its vaccine stocks and the doses administered through a vaccination bulletin every day.

Meanwhile, AAP MLA Atishi, who presents the vaccination bulletin, said the people of the city have the right to know about the vaccine stocks and availability.

The Centre has written to the states and Union territories, advising them not to share the data of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system on vaccine stocks and the temperature of vaccine storage at public forums, saying it is “sensitive information and to be used only for programme improvement”.

Reacting to it, Sisodia tweeted: “Am amazed at the order of central government that prevents states from sharing information regarding vaccine stocks! The Centre needs to focus on ensuring adequate supply of vaccine to all, rather than hiding the true position of vaccine availability, from the public.” 

Atishi said Delhi did not have vaccines for the 18-44 age group for 16 days. People wanted to know whether vaccines were available, she said.

“The Centre is asking the states not to share information on the vaccine stocks. We appeal to it to focus on making enough vaccines available to the states rather than hiding information,” the Kalkaji MLA said. 

The centre, with support from the United Nations Development Programme, has rolled out the eVIN system under UIP, which is used to track the vaccine stock status and the temperature at all levels of 
vaccine storage, from national to the sub-district level. 

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