And a UNICEF spokeswoman, Catherine Ntabade, said funds had not been available for vaccination workers to travel to and from the islands until now.
From March 1, vaccination for all above 60 years and those above 45 with comorbidities while from April 1, everyone above 45 was eligible to take the vaccine.
"I think first they have to cover the 45 years and above".
"While we had to return the stocks of what the government had given us at...a subsidized price (Rs 150 per dose), there are people who have had their first shot and are waiting for the second".
They have also urged the United States to "support the temporary waiver of some Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) rules proposed by India and South Africa at the World Trade Organization (WTO), which would temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines".
"We admit there have been challenges with those clinics and those have been concerning", she said. The vaccines will be available at its facilities at Panchsheel Park, Patparganj, Shalimar Bagh, Rajinder Place (BLK-Max Hospital), Noida, and Vaishali.
"Patients who received their first dose at a health center in the last 20 days and were referred to a drive-through vaccination center for their second dose, will receive an SMS to reschedule the appointment at a Primary Health Care Corporation's (PHCC) health center", said the Ministry. "The only way we're going to be able to open up these attractive halls to young people who want to learn and get on with their lives is if we can get everybody vaccinated", she said.
Some 300 people received vaccine doses on the first day of the drive. "A clear direction has been issued", Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, said on Friday.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair believes the world could get vaccinated even more quickly, within eight months, and is urging leaders of the G7 group of wealthy nations (US, UK, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canada) to make this an aim at the upcoming summit in Cornwall in June. "The moment we get official information, we will let you know", Sudhakar told reporters. The states are coordinating with the manufacturers and in some states, it (phase 3) will be launched.
"We will also request the Government of India to intervene and support us because Karnataka cases are really high in terms of active cases". Yesterday, we had a detailed video conference with all states... "And we've seen a lot of young people, now hospitalized ... with long-term infections that go on for months and months and months".