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Delhi govt to start COVID-19 vaccinations at 81 locations: Kejriwal

Vaccination will be done on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

vaccination rep arvind jain Representational image | Arvind Jain

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday gave details of his government's plan to coordinate administration of the COVID-19 vaccines in the National Capital, which will start on January 16.

Kejriwal was quoted by ANI as saying, "Vaccination will be done at 81 locations in Delhi on 16th January. Around 100 people will be vaccinated at each of these locations in a day. Vaccination will be done on four days a week—Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday."

Kejriwal added his government would increase the number of vaccination centres to 1,000. "We will begin with 81 centres; it will then be increased to 175 in a few days and then to 1,000 centres across Delhi," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal noted the Delhi government had received 2,74,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the Centre to date.

"Each person will be administered two doses and Centre provides 10 per cent extra vaccine, taking damage into account. So the 2,74,000 doses will be sufficient for around 1,20,000 health workers," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by ANI.

The first batch of Covishield vaccine containing 2.64 lakh doses reached Delhi's central storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH) on Tuesday amid high security.

A senior official at the hospital said 22 boxes, each containing 1,200 vials of the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine, were delivered to the facility.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Sadarjung Hospital, LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital, Apollo Hospitals and Max Hospital will be among the vaccination centres.

Twenty thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Bharat Biotech have been stored at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi, ahead of the vaccination rollout on January 16.

At RGSSH, a three-layer security cover guards the stored vaccine, with about 15 new CCTV cameras recently installed to keep a round-the-clock eye on the facility.

The vaccination rollout will be kicked off from the LNJP Hospital on January 16 with a simple ceremony in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

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