Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Poll booths to be used as vaccine spots: Delhi CM

- Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI: Polling booths in Delhi will be turned into vaccinatio­n centres and booth-level officers (BLOS) will visit all the households to book slots for people in the 45 plus age group under the ‘Jahan Vote, Wahan Vaccinatio­n campaign, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday.

There are 57 lakh people in Delhi in the 45 plus age group and of them, 27 lakh have been given the first dose of the coronaviru­s vaccine while 30 lakh are yet to get the jab, Kejriwal said in an online briefing.

“We have noticed that people in the 45 plus age group are not coming to vaccinatio­n centres set up by the Delhi government and vaccines are not being utilised,” he said.

There are around 280 wards in Delhi. The BLOS will visit households in 72 wards from Tuesday to identify and send eligible persons for vaccinatio­n at the polling booths, he said.

The chief minister said polling booths are close to the homes of the people so they will not have to travel long distances to get the vaccine. Also, the government has arranged e-rickshaws to ferry people to the vaccinatio­n centres.

The BLOS will give slots for vaccinatio­n to people in the 45 plus age group at the nearest polling centre. In a cycle of five days, all the eligible persons will be covered. “After covering all the 280 wards in four weeks, the government will be able to say that all those eligible (45 years and above) have received the vaccines,” Kejriwal said.

The process will be repeated in two rounds for both doses of the vaccine. Mr Kejriwal also added that the Delhi government will follow this plan to vaccinate the 18-45 age group as well when the capital has enough doses.

“When we will get vaccines for the 18-45 age group in the required quantity, we will start this programme for them too,” he added.

 ?? HT PHOTO ?? Arvind Kejriwal
HT PHOTO Arvind Kejriwal

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