Hyderabad: Telangana health department rebutted Centre's claim saying vaccine wastage in the state is a mere 1.22 percent not 17.6 percent as claimed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The rebuttal comes a day after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that Telangana has the highest vaccine wastage in the country with 17.6 percent.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also pointed out that COVID­19 vaccine wastage in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh is to the tune of 10 percent.

According to a bulletin issued on Thursday, a total of 9,52,550 doses were issued as per eVINportal. These include 40,540 doses for armed forces and 25,680 buffer doses with CVCs for advance scheduling. After the calculation, the state's net vaccine consumption comes to 8,86,330 till Thursday.

State's Director of Public Health Dr. G Srinivasa Rao said 8,75,478 doses were administered as per the Cowin website. Around 6,58,451 beneficiaries were administered the first dose and 2,17,027 were given the second dose.

When the doses administered i.e. 8,75,478 is subtracted from the net vaccine consumed i.e. 8,86,330, the difference comes to 10,852, which is 1.22 percent of net vaccine consumed.

Around 3,73,632 Health Care Workers, 1,61,797 Front Line Workers, 98,101 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific comorbidities (1st Dose) and 2,41,948 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years have been inoculated.

Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has sought a report from the health department about vaccine wastage and the increase in the number of cases in schools and hostels. The governor also wanted to know about the measures taken to contain the spread.

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