As the city’s vaccination campaign for people aged 18 to 44 came to an end on Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it would take 30 months to cover the entire population if vaccination in Delhi continues at its current pace.
With the number of cases in the city on the rise, the state government has emphasised the importance of vaccination. However, with the month’s stocks running out, the process has now come to an end.
CM Kejriwal said, “We have managed to vaccinate (administer at least one shot to) 50 lakh people so far. If we have to vaccinate the whole of Delhi’s population, we need at 2.5 crore more doses. If we go at the slow rate that we are at right now, it will take at least 30 months to complete vaccination. In that much time, I don’t know how many waves we will see and how many people we will lose… Delhi needs 80 lakh vaccine doses a month,”.
The vaccination clinics will reopen as soon as more vaccinations become available, he said.
He also made four recommendations for the Centre to consider in order to speed up the current vaccine campaign.
“Vaccines are the best weapon to fight Covid. I would like to give four suggestions to the Centre. Bharat Biotech has agreed to share the formula (of Covaxin) with other manufacturers. There are many companies in the country that can produce vaccines. The Centre must order, not request, them to start production on a war-footing,” he added.