COVID-19 vaccination: Two weeks without vaccines, Delhi youth travelling 100km to get it, says Atishi

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Monday, June 07, 2021, 11:25 AM IST

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AAP leader and MLA Atishi on Sunday said that the youth of Delhi is now travelling 100 km to get vaccinated as it has been two weeks since the stock of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines depleted in the national capital for the 18-44 age group.

The Centre has said it will provide a fresh supply of vaccines for the said age group on June 10.

She requested the Union government during the daily vaccine bulletin to provide vaccines for the group as several people will soon be due for their second dose.

"It is becoming a serious issue as a lot of people in the 18-44 group are nearing their date for the second dose. We are also hearing reports that people are travelling 100-200 km to Meerut, Bulandshahr to get their shots because there are no vaccines in Delhi," Atishi said.

She added that when youth gets vaccinated in large numbers, the 45+ age group will also be encouraged to come out. "Seeing the youth getting vaccinated will also reduce their hesitancy to vaccinate," she said.

The national capital reported 381 new instances of the COVID-19 infection, the lowest since March 15, with the positivity rate dipping to 0.5 per cent, according health department data on Sunday.

Also, 34 more people have succumbed to the disease in a day, the lowest in around two months. These new fatalities pushed the death toll here to 24,591.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Saturday said the coronavirus situation in Delhi is quite under control. "Bringing back the economy on track is crucial as the situation of coronavirus is improving," he said.

Kejriwal had held two key meetings on Friday to discuss preparations for the anticipated third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He held an important meeting with the expert committee and then with the preparation committee later.

Delhi has been reeling under a brutal second wave of the pandemic that is sweeping the country, claiming a massive number of lives daily with the recent oxygen supply shortage issue at various hospitals adding to the woes.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published on: Monday, June 07, 2021, 11:25 AM IST