COVID-19: Over 45k people vaccinated in Delhi by Monday evening

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New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Over 45,000 beneficiaries received shots of COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital by 6 pm on Monday, officials said.

On Friday, the Delhi government had issued an order allowing vaccination centres in the city to operate from 9 am to 9 pm, starting Monday. The final figures are yet to arrive, an official said. In the age bracket 45-59 years, 4,183 beneficiaries received the shots, while 22,024 senior citizens also got their first jabs by 6 pm, he said.

The second dose of vaccine was given to 14,674 people, officials said, adding, 2,607 frontline workers and 1,849 healthcare workers got their first shots.

A total of 45,337 people were vaccinated across the city and six cases of minor AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were recorded by 6 pm, officials said. On Saturday, 46,769 people took the jabs, the highest number of single-day vaccinations achieved so far in the city since the starting of the COVID-19 immunisation drive on January 16. On Friday, 29,499 people had received jabs while on Thursday it was 40,564. Last week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from about 500 at present spanning both government and private facilities.

He had on Thursday announced that the number of daily inoculations in Delhi will be augmented from 30,000-40,000 to 1.25 lakh.

Delhi reported over 888 coronavirus cases on Monday, while seven people succumbed to the pathogen, highest since February 4, the health department said.

The active cases rose to 3,934 from 3,618 a day ago. The positivity remained over 1 per cent for the third consecutive day, according to a bulletin. PTI GVS RHL