We're especially worried about children who can't be vaccinated: Arvind Kejriwal

By Rajan Nath - May 08, 2021 1:05 pm

COVID-19 Vaccination Delhi: Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to the government and experts to bring COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Arvind Kejriwal said that he was especially worried about children because they can't be vaccinated now. "I appeal to experts and the central govt to bring COVID-19 vaccines for children as soon as possible," he said, adding that "We have 5-6 days of COVID-19 vaccine left in Delhi, vaccination is going on in full swing."

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COVID-19 Vaccination Delhi: Amid rise in coronavirus cases, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appealed to government for COVID-19 vaccines for children.

If we get adequate vaccine doses, we can complete vaccination within 3 months, he said.

Adding, he said that there were 1.5 crore people above 18 years of age in Delhi so we need 3 crore doses. Out of this, the Delhi Government has got only 40 lakh doses so far, he said, adding that we need 2.6 crores more doses.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Delhi: Amid rise in coronavirus cases, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appealed to government for COVID-19 vaccines for children.

If the Delhi government is given 80-85 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine per month, we can complete vaccination within three months, Kejriwal added.

Even as he said that Delhi needs to vaccinate 3 lakh people every day to complete vaccination within 3 months. Currently, 1 lakh people were being inoculated in a day. "I request Central government to ensure adequate availability of vaccines to Delhi," he said.

COVID-19 Vaccination Delhi: Amid rise in coronavirus cases, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appealed to government for COVID-19 vaccines for children.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry stated that the Government of India has so far provided more than 17.49 crore vaccine doses (17,49,57,770) to states/UTs free of cost.

Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 16,65,49,583 doses, he said, adding that over 84 lakh doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

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