New Delhi, Jan 10 : Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination, the Delhi government has finalised 89 hospitals out of which 40 are government run and 49 are private.
He said Delhi has 2,25,000 healthcare workers who will get the vaccination and the Delhi government will also include teachers who have worked as frontline workers in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Jain said the vaccines for the COVID-19 will start arriving between January 12 to 14; the Delhi government has prepared a very strong and robust storage system to keep the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mr Jain said, ‘The Delhi government has prepared 89 sites for COVID-19 vaccination. The Central Government has finalised around 5000 sites across India. As per the instruction of the central government the Delhi government has prepared these 89 sites which are different hospitals of Delhi. Out of these 89 hospitals, 40 hospitals are of the government and 49 are private hospitals. At every centre, there will be 8-9 people who will handle the drive. With this preparation, the Delhi government will start the first phase of vaccination from January 16.’
Mr Jain said, ‘In the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination, the Delhi government will focus on the healthcare workers, frontline workers and then the people of age above 50. Delhi has 2,25,000 healthcare workers who will get the vaccination. The Delhi government will also include teachers who have worked as frontline workers in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.’
He said, ‘The Delhi government has prepared a very strong storage system to keep the COVID-19 vaccine. The whole system of vaccination is ready and we are fully prepared to start the vaccination drive. Right now we are only waiting for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine and as soon as the vaccines start arriving the work will start immediately.’
Mr Jain said, ‘Yesterday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested the Central government to provide free vaccines to everyone. Earlier in a meeting with the Union Health Minister, I also requested him for the same. The Delhi government is in the view that every person should get free vaccine across the country and we are monitoring the situation very carefully. From our side, every decision regarding Covid vaccination will be for the benefit of the citizens of Delhi. The vaccines for the COVID-19 will start arriving between 12th January to 14th January.”
He said, ‘Yesterday, Delhi witnessed 519 positive COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate of Covid infection was 0.65. From the past 15 days, Delhi is continuously witnessing higher positivity rate. It should also be noted that from the past more than 15 days Delhi is witnessing less than thousand cases per day. The COVID-19 situation of Delhi has improved a lot and the situation is now under control.’