New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday asserted that all Delhiites will be inoculated within three to four weeks of COVID-19 vaccine availability. He stated that the vaccine will be administered to the city’s entire population with the help of health facilities such as polyclinics. Also Read - Every Second Person in Delhi Infected With COVID, Latest Sero-survey Shows Signs of Herd Immunity
“Whenever the vaccine is available in Delhi, within 3-4 weeks it will be administered all over the national capital with the help of our health facilities such as polyclinics”, news agency ANI quoted Jain as saying. Also Read - Banned Sikh Outfit Threatens to Disrupt Delhi's Power Supply on Republic Day, Security Tightened
His statement comes at a time when PM Narendra Modi is reviewing the development of the COVID-19 vaccine and the manufacturing process at country’s top vaccine hubs. Earlier in the day, he visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad.
Later in the day, he will fly to Pune to visit Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and the Oxford University for the COVID-19 vaccine. The firm has been given the contract of producing one billion doses for India and other developing countries.
Earlier, Delhi Immunization Officer Suresh Seth had claimed that the city is geared up for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the entire population can be covered in a month if hospital staff and nurses are involved.
“We have 600 cold storage points and around 1,800 outreach sites for the universal immunization programme for children. We have sufficient equipment for vaccines that can be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and those that need minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius. The central government is further strengthening the infrastructure and providing more equipment,” Seth told PTI.
He said the equipment and infrastructure for vaccines that need ultra-cold conditions (minus 70 degrees Celsius) are not there, but “we don”t think there will be any problem logistically because the immunization programme will be carried out in a phased manner”.
“If we involve hospital staff and nurses etc., we can easily vaccinate the entire population in a month,” he said, adding that at present, the Delhi government is collecting data of health care workers who are at top of the priority list of the Delhi government.
“If a vaccine is available, we can administer it to all healthcare workers in just three days… We have sufficient equipment and cold storage space, we are geared up. We won”t let Delhi falter,” Seth stressed.
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 5,482 fresh COVID-19 cases yesterday, while 98 more fatalities linked to the disease pushed the city’s death toll to 8,909 on Friday. The total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 5,56,744, of which 5,09,654 have recovered.
The positivity rate was 8.51 per cent. It was 8.65 per cent on Thursday and 8.49 per cent on Wednesday. It had recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11.
(With agency inputs)