Covid vaccination begins in Delhi; health-care staff get first photographs


New Delhi, January 16

The Covid vaccination drive began in Delhi on Saturday with health-care workers, who were at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, getting the first shots.

Doctors, nurses and health-care workers were vaccinated at AIIMS hospital.

A doctor, a nurse and a sanitation worker will be given the shot later in the day in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at LNJP Hospital, sources had said on Friday.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Kejriwal will visit the hospital at noon.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is also expected to join him.

Doctors, nurses and other health-care workers of the LNJP Hospital, Delhi’s largest state-run facility, had rendered yeoman’s service last year in the collective battle against the deadly virus.

The vaccination exercise will span 81 sites across all 11 districts. Six central government hospitals – AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital, Kalawati Saran Children Hospital and two ESI hospitals – are also part of the drive.

Besides LNJP Hospital, Delhi-government-run GTB Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, DDU Hospital, BSA Hospital, Delhi State Cancer Institute, ILBS Hospital are among the vaccination sites.

Private facilities Max Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are also part of the inoculation drive.

Delhi had recorded 295 fresh Covid cases on Friday, the lowest in more than eight months, which took the city’s tally to 6,31,884. The death toll mounted to 10,732 with 10 new fatalities, according to official data.

Jain had said the positivity rate slipped to an “all-time low” of 0.44 per cent.

The city government has received a total of 2.74 lakh doses of the vaccine so far from the Centre, which would be sufficient to cater to 1.2 lakh health-care workers, Kejriwal had said on Thursday. PTI



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