Raipur, May 1 (PTI) Enthusiasm and anxiety marked the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the people in the 18-44 age group in parts of Chhattisgarh which is seeing a huge rise in new cases.
The drive, which began in Bhilai-Durg, Raipur and Bilaspur districts was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel through video-conferencing from his official residence here.
Vaccination for the 18-44 age category is allowed only through prior registration because of which crowding was avoided at various centres.
People were seen visiting the vaccination centres in the three districts and observing the norms of social distancing.
The CM said 1.5 lakh doses were distributed by his government to the districts for the drive and the first set of beneficiaries would be those holding 'Antyodaya' ration cards, which represents the poorest segment of society.
He also spoke to people of Bhilai-Durg, Raipur and Bilaspur, where the drive was rolled out, during the video- conference event, and reminded citizens that vaccination was the most important step to contain the outbreak.
Officials here said Chhattisgarh is the first state in the country to provide vaccine doses free of cost, though they did not reveal the number of people covered in the drive during the day. PTI COR BNM NSK NSK