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New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Saturday asserted that the people of Delhi will get the COVID-19 vaccine within three to four weeks once it is ready.
“Whenever the vaccine is available in Delhi, within 3-4 weeks it will be administered all over the national capital,” he said at a press conference.
Earlier on Friday, Jain had said that there is sufficient infrastructure and equipment available in the national capital where a COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to its entire population in a few weeks once a vaccine is available.
“We have a large number of health care facilities, such as mohalla clinics, poly clinics, and hospitals etc, where a COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to people,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
The health minister also said that Delhi should be given priority during the distribution of the vaccine as it is the national capital.
Delhi govt-run hospital identified as first vaccine storage facility
The Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital will be turned into city’s first storage facility for COVID-19 vaccine.
BL Sherwal, the managing director of the hospital, said a team from the Union Health Ministry has surveyed the building and approved it.
“The Delhi government had asked us to provide space to store vaccines. We have a three-storeyed building which can be used for this purpose. It has around 8,000 metre square area where vaccines can be stored,” Sherwal said.
He further said some work needs to be done to convert it into a cold storage facility like enlarging the doors to ensure entry of deep freezers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a virtual meeting with chief ministers of various states over the deteriorating pandemic situation advised them to keep cold storage facilities ready for COVID-19 vaccine beforehand and asked them to send a plan for its distribution to the Central government.