If eligibility criteria relaxed, we can vaccinate entire Delhi population in 3 months: Kejriwal

Rahul M
·2 min read

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that his government can vaccinate entire the Delhi population in 3 months if eligibility restrictions were relaxed.

Appealing to the Centre to open vaccination for all instead of prescribing who were eligible to get it first, Kejriwal asserted that all the people of Delhi can be administered the COVID-19 vaccine in three months if the restrictions were lifted and enough supply of vaccine was ensured.

He appealed to the Centre to decentralise vaccination process so that states can carry out immunisation on a war footing.

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"I appeal to everyone, who is eligible, to get themselves vaccinated. 30,000-40,000 vaccines are being administered per day, as of now. We will increase this to 1.25 lakh vaccines per day. In the next few days, we are increasing our capacity," said Kejriwal during a press conference.

Kejriwal said the number of vaccination centres in Delhi will be doubled and they will open from 9 am to 9 pm.

The chief minister said it did not add up while vaccination was going on cases of viral infection were rising.

Kejriwal said that due to a decrease in cases, laxity had crept in the system but now measures like using masks will be strictly enforced.

The Delhi government is in consultation with experts of its own and the Central government and taking all possible measures to check the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.