Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday the Aam Aadmi Party will give coronavirus vaccine free of cost to the people of Delhi if the Centre fails at it. According to the news agency PTI, Arvind Kejriwal said that he has already requested the Centre to provide free vaccination to people in the country since there are sections of people who may not afford the shot which costs around Rs 1000 per shot at private market.
करोना सदी की सबसे बड़ी महामारी है। अपने लोगों को इस से सुरक्षित करना बेहद ज़रूरी है।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 9, 2021
मेरा केंद्र सरकार से निवेदन है कि करोना की वैक्सीन सभी देशवासियों को मुफ़्त लगवायी जाए। इस पर होने वाला खर्च ढेरों भारतीयों की जान बचाने में सहायक होगा।
"We will see what the Centre does. If need be and the Centre does not provide the vaccine free of cost, we will make it available free of cost for the people of Delhi," Arvind Kejriwal was quoted as saying.
The Chief Minister has also appealed the people to not spread rumours about the vaccine. He said, "I understand that the Centre and our scientists have brought the vaccine following all the protocols and safeguards. So, there should not be any doubt and people should come forward for vaccination."
Arvind Kejriwal said that the healthcare and frontline workers will first receive the covid-19 vaccine shot and also expressed that he is hopeful that the shot will provide relief to the people from the disease and the pain they have been suffering since last one year.
The national capital will begin the coronavirus vaccination drive from Saturday at 89 centres.
On Tuesday, India took the first significant move in its front initiate the massive Covid-19 vaccination drive scheduled for January 16 as the Serum Institute dispatched 100s of vials of the Covishield vaccine. In which 56 lakh doses of the Covid vaccine were flown to 13 cities across India from Pune and taken to designated national and state-level stores amid tight security on Tuesday.
While today, a consignment of Bharat Biotech 'Covaxin' was dispatched from Hyderabad ahead of the coronavirus vaccination drive in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the Centre will bear the cost of vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers during his meeting with chief ministers and also urged people to not believe in any false rumours on the vaccines as it is necessary to save everyone’s life.
Referring to the issue of Covid-19 vaccine pricing, PM Modi said that the companies might get some problems with pricing if state governments make their purchases. "A single agency should take the responsibility like the central government - it will be better for the country," he added.