Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday (January 13th) that COVID-19 vaccines would be available free to all residents of Delhi, even if the central government did not make them free for everyone in the country.
There was confusion earlier that the free COVID-19 vaccination will only be available to frontline workers in Delhi.
The Chief Minister made the announcement three days before the start of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the country. Health workers are the priority group for immunization, followed by frontline workers.
“There are a lot of people who could not afford to buy the vaccine. I appealed to the Center to provide the free vaccine to everyone in the country … If the Center does not. not, the Delhi government will provide free vaccines to all Delhi residents, ”the chief minister said.
After the first trial for COVID-19 vaccines in Delhi on January 2, Delhi Minister of Health Satyendar Jain said the vaccine would be provided free to all residents of the capital. Kejriwal on January 9 urged the Center to consider making it free across India.
Kejriwal also urged people to remain vigilant against “ misinformation ” about COVID-19 vaccines.
“I want to call on everyone not to spread misinformation about the vaccine. I think the central government and scientists followed all protocols and guarantees before bringing this vaccine. There should be no doubt about it. “, did he declare.
It is reported that around 2.64,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from Serum Institute of India and 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech have reached Delhi for COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
The chief minister made his comments during his visit to the home of a doctor who died of COVID-19 while on duty in Delhi. The government has provided financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the family of Dr Hitesh Gupta. He worked at the Karkardooma dispensary of the Delhi government.