New Delhi: As India prepares to begin world’s largest vaccination drive from January 16 (Saturday), the national capital will have a total of 81 centres where people will be vaccinated four days a week, announced Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.Also Read - Budget Could Consider Levying TDS/TCS On Crypto Trading, Make It Reportable in SFT

Addressing a media briefing, CM Kejriwal said, “We will begin with 81 centres, it will then be increased to 175 in a few days and then to 1000 centres across Delhi.” Also Read - Only 29% People Get Full Cancellation Refund from Airlines During Covid Third Wave, Reveals Survey

The chief minister further said that on January 16, vaccination will be done at 81 locations and at least 100 people are expected to vaccinated at each of these locations in a day. “Vaccination will be done on four days a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” he said. Also Read - Omicron: Booster Dose Can Neutralize New Variant, Reveals Study | Details Here

Speaking about the dosage of vaccines received at the region, CM Kejriwal said, “So far, we have received 2,74,000 doses of vaccine from the Centre. Each person will be administered two doses and Centre provides 10% extra vaccine, taking damage into account. So the 2,74,000 doses will be sufficient for around 1,20,000 health workers.”

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed this vaccination drives as the world’s largest inoculation programme with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

After healthcare and frontline workers, priority will be given to those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, together numbering around 27 crore, a government statement said.

According to the Health Ministry guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination, the latest electoral roll for Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections will be used to identify the population aged 50 years or more.

The vaccination drive begins at a time when India tops the global charts for recovery with more than 1 crore having recuperated after contracting the deadly virus. Many countries including the United States and United Kingdom have launched mass vaccination programmes to protect their people from the deadly virus, which was first detected in China in December 2019 and has killed nearly 20 lakh people globally and infected almost 9 crore people since then.

The vaccination drive in India is starting almost one year after the first case was reported on January 30, 2020 in Kerala, though a wider outbreak began in March after a few people in Delhi and adjoining areas were tested positive after returning from abroad.