Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that Delhi is all prepared for Coronavirus inoculation for which 81 centres across the national capital have been finalised. He added that the number of centres will be increased to 175 in a few days and then to 1,000 centres across Delhi.
The pan-India vaccination programme will be launched on January 16 by PM Modi virtually.
"Vaccination will begin with 81 centres, it will then be increased to 175 in a few days and then to 1000 centres across Delhi," said Kejriwal.
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Addressing a press conference virtually, the chief minister said that about 100 people will be given the vaccine shot at each of these locations per day as per the guidelines released by the Centre.
The inoculation will be done on four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, he added.
"So far, we have received 2,74,000 doses of vaccine from the Centre. Each person will be administered two doses and the Centre provides 10 per cent extra vaccine, taking damage into account. So the 2,74,000 doses will be sufficient for around 1,20,000 health workers," Kejriwal was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
Kejriwal said the Delhi government is prepared for the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine during which over 8000 healthcare workers to be injected on every scheduled day in the city.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal also held a review meeting on Thursday with officials from the health department, heads of hospitals and all-district officials to review preparations under the Delhi government's government''s COVID vaccination rollout plan.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal announced that Aam Aadmi Party will provide Delhiites free vaccination if the Centre fails to do so. He also urged people to not spread or believe in any misinformation about the vaccine.
Delhi had received 2.74 lakh vaccines from the Centre, of which 1.2 lakh will be used for health care workers.
The Delhi police have made security arrangements in the city for the smooth transportation of the vaccines, officials said on Tuesday.
Covishield vaccine - the first batch has reached Delhi's central storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital on Tuesday amid high security, they said.