“We don’t have vaccines as of now. We have made requests to the company regarding vaccines,” Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.
Stressing that the lack of Covid vaccines is causing the delay in the inoculation of those above 18 years, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said: “We don’t have vaccines as of now. We have made requests to the company regarding vaccines, we will tell you when it comes.”
The Delhi health minister also said that orders for vaccines have been placed with manufacturers for the same. However, Mr Jain said preparations to give jabs to this category have been completed.
When asked if there were enough vaccines available for the 18-44 age group, Mr Jain told reporters: “At present, we don’t have vaccines. We have requested the companies to provide it.”
Replying to another query regarding starting the inoculation drive from May 1, Mr Jain said: “We will tell you in a day or two.”
The manufacturers are yet to provide a schedule of vaccine supply to the Delhi government, he added.
On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that everybody aged above 18 would be administered anti-coronavirus vaccines free of cost in Delhi.
His government had approved the procurement of 1.34 crore vaccine doses from various manufacturers, Mr Kejriwal informed.
The Delhi government Thursday morning released revised cumulative coronavirus figures for the city, raising the case tally by 44,350 and fatalities by 761 than previously reported. In the revised figures, the Delhi government has put the number of cases at 10,98,051 and deaths at 15,377.