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COVID-19 vaccination: Delhi govt adds more centres, extends timing from next week. Know details

A member of staff prepares a Covishield vaccine, developed by Oxford-Astrazeneca Plc. and manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd., at the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India launched one of the world�s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)Premium
A member of staff prepares a Covishield vaccine, developed by Oxford-Astrazeneca Plc. and manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd., at the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India launched one of the world�s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

  • Arvind Kejriwal said the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from about 500 at present spanning both government and private facilities.

NEW DELHI : Vaccination centres in Delhi will operate till 9 pm starting March 22, according to an official order.

Delhi'Health Minister Satyendar Jain in a tweet on Friday shared a copy of the order issued by the city government's health department.

"Taking cognisance of the sudden surge in the COVID cases, all Delhi Govt hospitals will hereby operate vaccination sites in their premises till atleast 9pm. Adequate man power will be deployed to ensure the same. I request Delhiites to follow proper protocols and stay safe!," he tweeted.

" From 22 March, all the Delhi Government hospitals will operate vaccination sites functioning in their premises upto at least 9.00 PM," the order said.

The decision was announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.

Acknowledging that coronavirus cases in Delhi have been rising in the last few days, Kejriwal, at a virtual press conference, had asserted it was not a matter to be worried about even as he announced that the capacity of daily inoculation in Delhi would be augmented from 30,000-40,000 to 1.25 lakh.

He had also said the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from about 500 at present spanning both government and private facilities. The closing time for vaccination would be extended from 9 am to 5 pm currently to 9 am to 9 pm.

Meanwhile, over 40,000 beneficiaries received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Thursday, a significant rise from the corresponding figures a day before, as per official data.

On Wednesday, 28,394 people were vaccinated, a major fall in number from the 38,437 people who had received the vaccine shots on Tuesday.

In the age bracket, 45-59 years, 2,892 beneficiaries received the jabs, while 18,976 senior citizens also got their first shots on Thursday, a senior official said, adding a total of 40,564 people were vaccinated.

One case of minor AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) was recorded, officials said.

Delhi on Thursday recorded 607 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in over two-and-a-half months, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 10,949, the Health Department said.

The number of active cases rose to 2,924 from 2,702 a day ago, according to the health bulletin.

The 607 new cases took the infection tally to 6,45,632 while 6.31 lakh people have recovered so far. The positivity rate rose to 0.76 per cent from 0.66 per cent on Wednesday, the bulletin said.

Delhi had recorded 536 cases on Wednesday and 425 on Tuesday, with a positivity rate of 0.61 per cent.

  • With inputs from agencies

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