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May 1 vaccination campaign is on hold in several states in India.

Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, & Punjab have postponed the third phase of the vaccination drive due to acute vaccine shortage.

Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, & Punjab have postponed the third phase of the vaccination drive due to acute vaccine shortage.On April 28, 2021, all adult Indians could sign up for COVID-19 vaccines through CoWIN app for the vaccination campaign on May 1. But, some states postponed the scheduled May 1 rollout of Phase III COVID-19 immunization for those aged 18 to 45 years due to a shortage of vaccine supplies. The Maharashtra government stated that the rollout would begin on time but that it would be contingent on supplies. Few states, including Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab, had written to the center requesting that vaccine stocks be replenished immediately.

Punjab was one of the states that posed questions about the availability of vaccines. On April 30, Punjab's state health minister, Balbir Singh Sidhu, confirmed that the drive would be delayed and did not comment on the new dates.

Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta said the state would not begin inoculating all adults on May 1 due to the delay in receiving doses. Jharkhand had booked 50 lakh vaccine doses in advance to launch the vaccination campaign for the 18-44 age group but did not receive the supply.

On Twitter, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "I appeal to everyone, have patience. Do not panic. Madhya Pradesh is likely to get vaccines by May 3. As soon as it arrives, we will start vaccinating youngsters for free." The date to commence vaccination of those above 18 years in Madhya Pradesh is yet to be decided.

On April 29, 2021, at a review meeting on COVID vaccination, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy said the process to inoculate people in the 18-45 age group across the state could begin in August or September 2021. He added 120 crore vaccine doses are required for 60 crore people between 18 and 45 in India, according to The Hindu.

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