As the inoculation programme in Delhi kept up its upward momentum, days after a new phase of the drive kicked off across the country, the national capital on Saturday administered a record of over 2.05 lakh Covid vaccines, the highest in a day.
Earlier on Friday, a total of 1,66,209 vaccine doses were administered in Delhi which was the highest before Saturday’s record vaccination.
It was the highest figure administered in a day till now, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. He had also tweeted Saturday’s vaccination figures and claimed that it has surpassed all records.
The development comes after the AAP MLA Atishi had written to the Central government and requested them to provide 45 lakh doses of vaccine for July. In a vaccine bulletin, she had said about 1.5 lakh vaccine doses are being administered daily in Delhi. Therefore, at least 45 lakh doses should be given to Delhi in July. She had also urged the Centre to provide more vaccine doses to vaccinate the people of Delhi as soon as possible and save them from the third wave.
She had also briefed vaccine bulletin on Friday and said Delhi received 58,000 doses of Covaxin and 53,000 doses of Covishield. Delhi has 8.39 lakh doses available and according to the current vaccination speed the stock will last for five days.
As per the Cowin portal data, the total number of Covid vaccine administered till Saturday stands at 73,28,647, out of which 56,28,594 are first doses and 17,00,053 are second ones. The national capital has 1,320 vaccination sites.
The data shows over 31.87 lakh people of 18-44 age group have received at least first Covid vaccine dose while over 25 lakh people of 45-60 age group have received the doses. Over 16.40 lakh senior citizens have been inoculated so far.
Delhi also added 288 new vaccination sites on Thursday, taking the number of sites in the city to 1,374, all of which are now open to people of all ages.
India’s Covid vaccination drive began on January 16, for health care workers, expanded to include all front-line workers on February 1, and then, everyone over the age of 60 years and people over the age of 45 on March 1. On April 1, it was further expanded to include everyone over the age of 45.
After increasing demand by the several states and people, the drive was opened up to everyone over the age of 18 years, later, the private hospitals were also allowed to offer vaccinations.