Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the launch of the Government’s coronavirus mass vaccination programme. While addressing a press conference, he said that people will be able to get shots of Covid-19 vaccines at booths where they voted in elections.
“We are starting a ‘Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccination’ campaign from today. Under this campaign, we will tell people to visit their designated polling stations to get vaccinated. Door-to-door vaccination to be done soon,” Kejriwal announced in a press conference.
The government aims to vaccinate all above the age of 45 in the next 4 weeks, mentioned the chief minister.
“A team of booth level officers will visit every house in the next 2 days and provide a slot for vaccination. BLO will convince those who don’t want to get the vaccine. The campaign will start today with 70 wards,” Kejriwal said.
दिल्ली में योजनाबद्ध तरीके से बूथ स्तर पर वैक्सीन लगाने की तैयारी। आज से “जहाँ वोट, वहाँ वैक्सिनेशन” अभियान शुरू हो रहा है। जहाँ वोट डाली थी, वहीं जाकर वैक्सीन लगवाएं | Press Conference LIVE https://t.co/9ynDc4gTNO
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Kejriwal said that the Delhi government will now deploy booth-level officers to facilitate the mass campaign, noting the lack of footfall at the vaccination centres.
The booth level officers will be covering 70 wards and will visit every house in the next two days and provide a slot for the first dose of vaccine against coronavirus.
However, Delhi is the first state to announce a mass vaccination drive to cover a large part of its population by directing people to get their dose at their voting booth.
Citing a shortage of vaccine doses, Delhi has suspended its immunisation drives for people in the age group of 18-44.
The move to vaccinate people over the age of 45 comes as the vaccination drives for 18-44 age group people in the national capital hit a roadblock due to the non-availability of vaccines.