Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday that the capital was “fully prepared” to begin vaccinating its masses a day after India’s Comptroller General of Medicines launched the Serum Institute’s Covid-19 vaccines. of India (SII) and Bharat Biotechnologies.
“Delhi is completely ready to start vaccinating. In the first phase, it is delivered to healthcare and front-line workers. Delhi has around 300,000 health workers and 600,000 frontline workers. After that, we will administer the vaccines to people over 50 and people with comorbidities, ”said Jain.
The city government previously estimated the number of people who would receive priority vaccines at 5.1 million, of which the number of people over 50 and those with comorbidities was set at 4.2 million.
“The trial was a success. This shows that Delhi is ready for vaccination. We have 1,000 vaccination centers planned. If we start with 500 of them, the numbers will gradually increase to 1,000. We expect the vaccine to be available within a week of its approval, ”Jain said.
Each center is expected to administer 100 vaccines per day under the current plan.
After Saturday’s test, Jain said that not only frontline and healthcare workers, as announced by the central government, but all eligible city residents would receive free Covid-19 vaccines. .
Jain’s announcement was slightly different from that of the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who said that Covid injections would be free for the highest priority recipients – a health care crore and two front-line workers in the first phase. .
Jain and Vardhan inspected the tests at separate centers in Delhi on Saturday. Three locations were selected for the exercise: a private hospital, a government hospital, and a government clinic.
Dr Suneela Garg, a professor of community medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College who also chairs a committee that helps the Delhi government prepare for Covid-19 vaccination, said: “Delhi is ready for the vaccination campaign. The trial taught us that we need to focus our efforts on three specific areas: controlling crowds at vaccination centers, controlling who is registered for the vaccine, and monitoring patients for 30 minutes after vaccination. “