New Delhi: The Delhi government on Sunday became the first state in the country to announce the schedule for coronavirus vaccination with announcement that the vaccination drive will begin on January 16.
“During the first phase, health care workers will be vaccinated at hospitals. The vaccines will be administered at 89 sites in Delhi. Of these, 36 are government hospitals and 53 are private hospitals,” Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
As per information, the coronavirus vaccines will arrive in Delhi by January 12 or 13. The next phase will only begin after the health care workers are vaccinated.
In the first two rounds, three lakh healthcare workers and six lakh frontline workers including the police personnel and civil defence staff will be vaccinated.
After completion of the first two rounds, 42 lakh people above the age of 50 years and people with comorbidities like diabetes, heart ailments and chronic conditions will be vaccinated.
“The Delhi government uis fully prepared to receive, store and administer coronavirus vaccines to 51 lakh priority category persons during the first phase of vaccination. The vaccines will be administered without any cost to the people,” Jain said.
The vaccines are expected to arrive in the national capital soon. The vaccines will be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius. One vial of the vaccine contains about 4.6 ml capacity and it has on average 8-10 doses.
The drug regulator of India has approved two vaccines so far. They have approved Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use in the city.