Age will no longer be banned in Delhi vaccination centers from Wednesday, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, adding that government centers would vaccinate all beneficiaries over the age of 18 and also allow registrations without Appointment.
Delhi administered 109,646 doses on Wednesday, according to the Co-WIN dashboard. As of Tuesday, 84,539 doses were administered.
“As of today (Wednesday) there will only be one vaccination category which is 18+. From now on, all the centers will be shared and anyone will be able to go to any of the centers to be vaccinated. Entrances were also allowed, so people could come without reserving a slot, ”Jain said in a briefing Wednesday.
“Now that the Center buys and provides free doses for anyone over the age of 18, there is only one category. All vaccines will be used to immunize everyone. Since there is a shortage of Covaxin, it is only administered in a few centers, ”Jain said.
With the government only providing Covaxin to those whose second injection is due, Jain did not specify when the government would start administering Covaxin for the first dose.
Earlier this month, the state government ordered all centers – public and private – to stop giving Covaxin as the first dose to people between the ages of 18 and 45 in order to save doses for those who need the second injection.
Asked about claims of “slow” progress in the state’s BJP vaccination campaign, Jain said, “We are not doing what Madhya Pradesh is doing. We do not vaccinate people for a photoshoot or an event. We give 75,000 to 80,000 shots a day. We vaccinated more people yesterday than the day before and today more than yesterday, unlike MP, who could not even vaccinate 1% of the number they did on day 1. The vaccination campaign did not is not intended for a day.
With walk-in visits allowed, residents who struggled to book slots online flocked to city centers on Wednesday. In many places, recipients have said the process is hassle-free and better than days of trying to get a spot on the CoWin app.
At Kalkaji Public Girls’ Secondary School, people could take advantage of the walk-in service until noon. “We live in the neighborhood and decided to enter after hearing about the vaccination campaign from the news. The experience has gone well so far, ”said Yashika Kanoija (18), who came to the center with her family.
At a public school in Pooth Kalan, Rohini, people were able to get vaccinated without any problems. Shashank, who bears his first name, tweeted that the center had excellent arrangements for people entering without registration.
But some ended up visiting multiple sites because they were unfamiliar with the sites where walk-in check-in was easy. People have been seen learning about vaccination for the 18+ category at both Shyama Prasad Mukharjee Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Chittaranjan Park and Kalkaji School of Excellence.
“We saw on TV that you could just go in and get vaccinated. But here they only vaccinate people in the 45+ category. They are asking us to visit other centers now, ”said Manav Kapur, who visited the School of Excellence center in Kalkaji but was turned away.