Left with stock for 5 days, CM Arvind Kejriwal asks for 2.6 crore doses for blanket coverage, Health News, ET HealthWorld


NEW DELHI: More slots for vaccination for people below 45 will be available in Delhi as the government is going to start vaccination at 200 more schools. Currently, one lakh individuals are getting jabs every day and the government wants to increase it to 3 lakh so that the entire population of the capital can be vaccinated within three months.

Addressing a press conference, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi has only five days of vaccine stock left and underlined the need for more doses — 85 lakh each month for the next three months.

Of Delhi’s two crore population, around one crore fall in the 18-44 age group; 50 lakh are under-18 and 50 lakh are above 45. Delhi needs three crore vaccine doses to vaccinate the 1.5 crore people who are above 18 but has received just 40 lakh doses so far. The CM requested the central government to provide Delhi with the required number of vaccines. “People are visibly happy with the arrangements made by the government,” Kejriwal said.

CM: Plan to vaccinate 3L people every day, add 200 jab centres

We have made these arrangements in around 100 schools and are going to increase it about 250-300 schools,” Kejriwal said. “Around one lakh vaccines are being administered daily in Delhi and many people from areas neighbouring Delhi — Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Ghaziabad, Noida — are coming here to get vaccinated. They have also appreciated the arrangements made in Delhi,” Kejriwal said while flagging vaccine scarcity.

“To administer 80-85 lakh vaccines every month, we need to administer 3 lakh vaccines daily… We can easily increase our capacity to 3 lakh vaccines per day, there is no problem with this. Now that we have started the arrangements, we know how to proceed and are going to carry this out in the next few days,” Kejriwal said.

“In fact, more than this will be necessary since people from NCR and other neighbouring areas are coming to Delhi to get vaccinated. So, we will need even more vaccines than what I’ve already mentioned, but the minimum requirement of Delhi must be met with. To protect ourselves from the third wave, being completely vaccinated is imperative,” the CM said.

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