A central panel had recently said the first dose of the vaccine can be administered as its precaution dose. The two doses of Sputnik V have different compositions.
But beneficiaries said they are still unable to get the booster jab. Hospitals, in turn, said there was “a shortage”.
A spokesperson for Dr Reddy’s, which distributes Sputnik V in India, said the company is working with stakeholders to ensure precaution doses are available.
“In the past week, component 1 of Sputnik V (or Sputnik Light) was approved for administration at private centres as the precaution dose. Having now received official confirmation of the approval, we are working with manufacturing partners in India, hospital partners and CoWIN to make the precaution doses available to beneficiaries at the earliest,” the spokesperson said.
Dr Madhav Chavan, MD of Phoenix Hospital, said, “We had about 85 doses of Sputnik component 1, which expired in April this year. When we approached the manufacturer, they said that they did not have more stock.”
Dr Rajesh Auti, vaccinator at SM Joshi Hospital, Khadki, said the hospital had 174 Sputnik component 1 doses, which were supposed to be given on Friday. “But we were advised to cancel bookings till we got more stocks,” Dr Auti said.