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Delhi to provide free Covid vax for 18-44 group from June 21, says Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Image credit: PTI

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday announced that people between 18-44 age group will also be included in - 'Jahaan Vote, Wahaan Vaccine' from June 21 onwards.

Kejriwal's remarks came during a visit to inspect ongoing vaccination drives for people above 45 years at Sarvodaya Vidyalaya located at Lancer Road.

The current vaccinatiom drive for 45 plus people being conducted in just a few municipal wards is expected to be extended to all 280 wards in the national capital in coming days.

Earlier, Delhi government has been inviting people to get vaccine doses at nearest government-schools, apart from government-run hospitals and health care centers, and now these centers are being shifted to polling booths in municipal wards.

"It is a very good thing that starting June 21, the Central Government is going to provide us with the vaccines. So, if we get the vaccines, then we will start vaccinating everyone under this scheme," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal also pointed out the need to address the rumours regarding the vaccination that often lead to vaccine hesitancy among people.

"It is the responsibility of all of us to dispel such rumours," he added.

He further informed that around 50 per cent people above 45 category have been vaccinated in Delhi and the remaining 50 per cent will be vaccinated in the next four weeks.

"In Delhi, there are about 57 lakh people above the age of 45 years. Around 27-28 lakh people have been vaccinated and around 30 lakh people are left to be vaccinated. But now we were observing that not many people were turning up at the vaccination centers, all over Delhi. We thought that we had to invite people from their homes and make them aware. So, this is a new initiative where you get vaccinated where you vote," he said.

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