COVID-19: Rajasthan government to provide free vaccination to all above 18 years

In a bid to get maximum benfeciaries vaccinated, the Rajasthan Government has decided to vaccinate everyone above 18 years of age, free of cost. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made the announcement on Twitter.

The CM wrote on Twitter, "The Rajasthan government has decided to vaccinate all the people above 18 years of age in the state by spending an amount of about 3000 crore rupees."

The CM suggested, "It would have been better if according to the demand of the State Governments, the Government of India would have spent on the vaccination of the youth between the age of 18 years and 45 years, like the age of 60 years and above 45 years, due to which the budget of the states would not have been disturbed."

Today the Government of Maharashtra too announced to vaccinate the citizens for free from May 1 onwards.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Sunday informed that the state has started a COVID-19 helpdesk that will function 24 hours from today.

"The helpline numbers are 2225624 and 2225000. Director RCH Dr. Laxman Singh Ola will be incharge of this helpdesk. You can avail help from any district of the state and register your complaints," said the Minister.

Raghu Sharma also talked about the requirement of oxygen in Rajasthan and said, "We have nearly 14,389 oxygen supported beds and 4,477 ICU beds are available. There is no shortage of beds. However, it is important that the Centre provides us oxygen in the required amount. Till now 140 MT liquid medical oxygen has been allotted to us by the government. However, our requirement is more than 250MT." He also informed that the positivity rate is 6.08 per cent and the recovery rate is 73.69 per cent in the state. The death rate is 0.70 per cent.

"Directions to increase the RT-PCR COVID-19 testing to one lakh have been given," he added.

"We have provided 67 COVID-19 testing facilities out of which 38 are government-run and 29 private," he added.

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