89 sites identified as Delhi gears up for Covid vaccination drive

at 5:51 pm
Satyendar Jain

New Delhi (NVI): The Delhi government has identified 89 sites which include 36 state-run hospitals and 53 private hospitals, for Covid-19 vaccination drive in the national capital, as India gears up for the vaccine roll out from January 16.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain today said that in the first phase of vaccination in Delhi, only frontline health workers will be administered shots against the infection.

The government or state-run hospitals, where vaccination will take place, include AIIMS, Safdarjung, Lok Nayak, GTB, and Hindu Rao, among others.

Private hospitals include Max, Fortis, Apollo, BL Kapur, and Gangaram, etc. Jain said that vaccines to all the centers will be supplied by the Delhi government and will be free for the beneficiaries.

The Delhi health minister further said the first batch of vaccines will arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday. After the health workers, those aged above 50 and those below 50 who have co-morbidities will be administered the vaccine shots.

Pertinent to mention here that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given authorisation to two coronavirus vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, so far.

Meanwhile, Delhi has recorded around 399 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has reached over 6.30 lakh, while the death toll mounted to 10,678. 12 Covid deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest health bulletin.