The Chief Minister said that about 1 lakh vaccine doses are being administered in the city every day presently, and the daily figure needs to be increased to 3 lakh.
His government can vaccinate the entire national capital in three months if he gets nearly 85 lakh doses a month, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said this afternoon.
The Chief Minister said that about 1 lakh vaccine doses are being administered in the city every day presently, and the daily figure needs to be increased to 3 lakh. “A lot of people from neighbouring cities – Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Sonipat, Gurgaon, Noida – are coming to Delhi to get their Covid shots because they’re liking the arrangements here. But we do not have enough vaccines. If we get doses in the right quantity, we can vaccinate the entire national capital in three months,” Mr Kejriwal said in his televised briefing this afternoon.
The AAP supremo, explaining the math further, said: “So far, we have got 40 lakh doses. There are about 1 crore people in the 18-44 age group; a total of 1.5 crore people are above 18 years of age. We need 2.6 crore vaccines in three months. Every month, we need about 80-85 lakh doses. I appeal to the centre to increase the number of doses for Delhi.”
Earlier this week, the government said the third wave of Covid is inevitable. Yesterday, however, at a press briefing, the Health Ministry said India could dodge the third wave with strict measures in places.
Mentioning the same in his briefing today. Mr Kejriwal said: “As we anticipate a third wave, it becomes all the more necessary to speed up the vaccine drive.”
He said that Delhi is vaccinating people in the age group of 18-44 in about 100 schools for now, and this figure will be increased to 300, he mentioned.