Five states, UTs have no private Covid-19 vaccine facilities: Government data
With the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination opening up in less than two weeks for everyone above 18 years largely through private facilities, government data shows almost all small states and union territories are still entirely or mostly dependent upon government facilities.
According to the government's CoWIN portal, 13 small states and union territories have less than 10 private facilities where vaccination against Coovid-19 infection is being conducted and out of these, five states and union territories have no private facilities for vaccination.
The states and union territories with less than 10 private facilities for vaccination are - Andaman and Nicobar (0 private facility), Arunachal Pradesh (0), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (2), Daman and Diu (0), Ladakh (0), Lakshadweep (0), Manipur (3), Meghalaya (7), Nagaland (4), Puducherry (7), Sikkim (1), Tripura (1) and Mizoram (2), according to the CoWIN portal's dashboard.
A senior health ministry official had earlier said some states and union territories have no private facilities conducting vaccination due to absence of such facilities there.