India’s capital Delhi has started vaccinating its 18-44 year olds, albeit at a slow pace due to limited vaccine availability, according to Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
“The mass vaccination of young people in Delhi has started,” he said. announced on Twitter. “We have created 301 centers in 76 schools. Our goal is to create 3,000 such centers in 300 schools, subject to the availability of vaccines.”
Delhi has 450,000 vaccines and 45,150 people have been scheduled for vaccination, he added in a statement to Asian News International, an Indian news agency.
“The turnout is 100%,” he told ANI on Monday. “There is a lot of enthusiasm among young people.”
Some general information: In a bid to tackle India’s growing Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country will offer vaccines to all people aged 18 and over from May 1. The change took effect on Saturday, however, a number of states, including Delhi, said they had no blows to give.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged citizens not to queue for vaccines on Saturday because vaccines had not been received. Monday marks the first day Delhi was able to start offering vaccines to the new eligible cohort.