More than 1 crore vaccine doses have been given in Delhi so far, and nearly 50 per cent of the national capital’s adult population has got at least one shot, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.
“Till today, 1 crore vaccine doses have been given in Delhi to nearly 74 lakh people. Of these, at least 26 lakh people have got both their doses… rest of them have got one shot each,” the Chief Minister said during a televised briefing.
With the city having an approximate population of about 2 crore, about 1.5 crore people are above 18 years of age, and eligible to get vaccinated, the Chief Minister said.
“About 50 per cent of the adult population has got the first dose of vaccine,” Mr Kejriwal said.
“People in Delhi are showing enthusiasm and willingness to get vaccinated. I want to congratulate all the healthcare workers for the feat. However, due to the shortage of doses, we have not been able to scale up the vaccination drive,” he underlined.
Around 50,000-70,000 vaccines are being administered each day, according to the state government. “If we get the required number of doses, we are easily capable of vaccinating three lakh people each day. But we are not able to do this amid the shortage. We are constantly in touch with the central government over the issue. I really hope that the national capital and other parts of the country get the required number of doses to step up the vaccine drive,” the Chief Minister shared.
Urging people to get vaccinated, Mr Kejriwal said his government is facing the “twin-challenge” of vaccinating all those who are yet to get vaccinated, and give the second dose to those who’ve got their first shot.