New Delhi, May 8 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the national capital was facing an “acute shortage” of coronavirus vaccines and appealed to the Indian government to ensure sufficient supplies to ensure the targeted beneficiaries were covered in the next three months.
He said that as against the need for at least 2.60 crore vaccine doses to inoculate those above the age of 18 against coronavirus in the next three months in Delhi, his government had got only 40 lakh doses till date, which was posing problems for the vaccination drive in the national capital.
He said that out of the around 2 crore population in Delhi, nearly 50 lakh were below the age of 18, one crore in the 18-45 age group, and around 50 lakh above 45.
“So, we need three crore doses to immunise these 1.5 crore people who are above the age of 18. However, we have got only 40 lakh doses so far,” he said.
Kejriwal said that at present nearly one lakh vaccine doses were getting administered in Delhi.
“Around 100 vaccination centres have been opened in Delhi to administer vaccine doses to those in the 18-45 age group. We aim to increase the number of centres to 300 in the near future,” the Chief Minister added.
“We need to give 3 lakh doses every day. If we get 80,000 to 85,000 vaccine doses per month, we can easily complete the work in three months.”
He said that Delhi might need more vaccines as people from National Capital Region – which includes not only Delhi but also areas from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajashtan – were also visiting the national capital to get vaccine doses.