The first consignment of 64,460 doses of Covishield vaccine reached the storage facility in Aurangabad in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra on Wednesday, officials said.
This storage facility will cater to districts of Jalna, Hingoli, and Parbhani, besides Aurangabad, an official told PTI.
“We have received 64,460 doses of the vaccine from the SII in Pune. (Some) Doses were dispatched to Jalna, Hingoli and Parbhani from Aurangabad,” he said, adding that a refrigerated van has left for Latur.
The vaccine doses were stored at Aurangabad’s Health and Family Welfare department’s building.
“The central storage unit in Aurangabad currently has the capacity to store 10 lakh doses of vaccines. We are planning to double this capacity soon,” the official said.
Aurangabad district collector Sunil Chavan told reporters that vaccination will begin at 18 centers here from January 16.