Joining Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has urged the Union government to open COVID-19 vaccination for all adults instead of the present 45 plus category allowed by the Centre.
The last vaccination stage would include inoculations to teachers, first responders and security personnel; only then would the wider population, including prostitutes, be entitled to their injections.
Speaking of vaccinations carried out so far, he said that 1.1 million people had been inoculated via the government's vaccination programme, whereas 14,000 people had received a jab through the private sector. "We are waiting for a response from them", he said.
"I would say our common fight is against the coronavirus pandemic, and it is not a state vs Centre thing".
Umar also said that the single-shot Cansino vaccine of China will also be available after Eid and help to speed up vaccination process.
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"We are unable to set target of vaccinating people due to the shortfall".
Registrations are now open for all those aged 50 and above, besides healthcare workers. "Therefore we said that vaccination should be rolled out to everyone barring age, as soon as possible", said Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Centre directed all government employees above the age of 45 to get vaccinated.
Delhi reported 5,506 positive cases on Wednesday and the positivity rate was above 6 per cent, and 90,000 covid tests were conducted, he added.
In late March, Pfizer released data showing its COVID-19 vaccine 100 percent effective in children as young as 12 years old.
The national positivity ratio stands at 10.7%.