Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in the nation’s capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said the COVID-19 vaccine stockpile would last for the next four to five. days.
“The vaccination campaign is going well in Delhi. We received vaccines yesterday. We have stocks for four to five days. We have demanded more and we will get them,” he said.
Asked about the letter from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Punjab, Delhi and Maharashtra, asking them to immediately take the necessary corrective measures to improve the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in their state / UT , Jain said the Center was in politics on immunization.
“The Center does policy on immunization. We should fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. The Center alleged that there was less vaccination of healthcare workers in Delhi. We can also say that there was less vaccination in the hospitals of the Center. It’s not a problem, the problem is that we have to vaccinate more and more people soon, ”he said.
Jain added that of the total vaccination performed in Delhi, “only 30-40% were performed in central government hospitals.”
He also informed that Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had written to the central government urging to open up vaccination for all. “We have made two other requests that vaccination be allowed at least for all adults. Second, it should be allowed even in camps and not just in health facilities,” he added. In view of the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government has imposed a nighttime curfew in the nation’s capital from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting Tuesday. The curfew rule will remain in effect until April 30.
Delhi on Wednesday reported 5,506 new cases of Covid-19 and 20 deaths. The national capital currently has 19,455 active cases.
Jain said Covid-19 cases were doubling every week. “The positivity rate in Delhi is 6%. It is higher in urban areas and decreasing in rural areas … The death rate is 0.4%,” he added.
(With ANI inputs)