Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, urging him to instruct Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech to supply 60 lakh vaccine doses to Delhi every month during May to July in order to vaccinate all in the next three months.
In the letter, he said that Delhi has around 92 lakh people in 18-45 age groups.
“I urge you to direct Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech to increase their monthly supplies to Delhi to 60 lakh doses per month during May till July. We need 83 lakh doses per month to vaccinate everyone above 18 years of age in Delhi in the next three months if both the groups put together,” he said.
“We have already developed the infrastructure required. We are already vaccinating roughly 1 lakh people every day.
We are increasing this capacity to roughly three lakhs per day in the next few days. Therefore, we will have the capacity to administer 90 lakh doses per month,” he said.
“I would like to mention that the well accepted and robust system of Universal Immunisation Programme as implemented in the past for diseases like polio may be continued. The Central Government should make available to the States the requisite number of vaccines to enable vaccination of all its citizens.
Central Government should actively monitor and supervise the manufacture of vaccines by the private parties so that supplies in adequate quantities arc made to all State Governments and this crucial aspect is not left to the discretion of the private manufacturers,” he added.
He also advocated for uniform price be fixed for the vaccines for supplies made to Governments (whether Centre or State) and to private hospitals. “We have started vaccination program in right earnest as per Centre’s guidelines.
We have made substantial progress in the first two phases for healthcare workers, frontline workers and the 45 plus age groups.
By 8th May, we have administered 38.97 lakh doses (30.35 lakh first dose and 8.61 lakh second doses) to this group for the 18 - 45 year age group. We are procuring the required number of vaccines and providing them free of cost at various centers,” he said.
“Delhi has a population of about 2 crore, out of which 1.5 cr people are above18 years. Vaccinating all of them would be needed three cr doses. We have received roughly 50 lakh doses so far.
Therefore, we need about 250 lakh additional doses. But we are not able to receive supplies as per our requirement and even get firm delivery schedules,” he said.