The state aims to vaccinate all Delhi citizens in the next three months “if a sufficient quantity of vaccines is supplied by the companies": Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Image: ANI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested citizens not to line up outside COVID-19 vaccination centres in the national capital on May 1, the day when those above 18 too can get the jab, as the city doesn't have enough doses.
“We've not received the vaccines yet but we are in constant touch with the company and are hopeful that vaccines will reach by tomorrow or the day after,” Kejriwal said in a short video statement on Twitter.
The Delhi chief minister said the vaccine company—Serum Institute of India—has assured the Delhi government that 3 lakh doses of Covishield would be supplied to the capital by May 1 or the day after.
Delhi is among one of the worst-hit cities, with daily infections remaining stubbornly high. The death toll, too, has been mounting as people struggle for hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines.
Delhi on April 29 reported 24, 235 coronavirus cases. The city's case count reached 11.22 lakh (1,122,286). The city has reported 15,772 deaths. A total of 10.08 lakh people have been discharged so far.
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From May 1, all above 18 years of age can get the COVID-19 vaccine as the country begins Phase 3 of the nation-wide inoculation programme but several states have expressed their inability citing vaccine shortage.
Here’s what Kejriwal said:
>> Requested people between 18 and 45 years of age to not queue up at COVID-19 vaccine centres on May 1
>> Government will make “proper announcements” as and when vaccines are available and only then people with appointments can start coming to the centres.
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>> Delhi has requested both vaccine makers—SII and Bharat Biotech—for 67 lakh doses each over the next three months and that the state government was “ready to make payments for it”.
>> Citizens will be given free vaccines.
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