New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked its citizen not to visit vaccination centre tomorrow as the government has not yet received the vaccines for COVID-19.
The third phase of the vaccination drive is scheduled to start on May 1 for people aged 18 to 45.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, “We’ve not received the vaccines yet, we are in constant touch with the company. We are hopeful that vaccines will reach by tomorrow or the day after. They have assured us. Three lakh doses of Covishield are coming to us first, tomorrow or the day after.”
“I request you to not queue up at the centres tomorrow. As soon as the vaccines come, we will make proper announcements. Only then people with appointments can start coming to the centres,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that the government has requested both companies to provide 67 lakh doses each in the next 3 months.
“We’ve requested both companies to make available to us 67 lakh doses each in next 3 months. Delhi government is ready to make payments for it. People of Delhi will be given free vaccines. We’re making all efforts to see that people of Delhi are vaccinated in the next 3 months,” he said.
The Centre on April 19 had announced a ”liberalised” policy, making all above 18 years of age eligible to get vaccinated from May 1.
It has also allowed state governments and private hospitals to purchase vaccines from manufacturers.
Registration for the new eligible population groups has commenced from 4 pm on Wednesday. Potential beneficiaries can either register directly on CoWIN portal (cowin.gov.in) or through the Aarogya Setu app.