A health worker vaccinates a woman with a dose of Covishield vaccine at a vaccination center in New Delhi, India on May 3. Money Sharma / AFP / Getty Images
According to Delhi Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia, the Indian capital, Delhi, has started vaccinating its 18- to 44-year-olds, albeit slowly due to the limited availability of vaccines.
“Mass vaccination for young people in Delhi has started,” he announced on Twitter. “We have set up 301 centers in 76 schools. Our goal is to set up 3,000 such centers in 300 schools if vaccines are available.”
Delhi has 450,000 vaccines and 45,150 people have received vaccination appointments, he added in a statement to Asian News International, an Indian news agency.
“There is a 100% turnout,” he told ANI on Monday. “There is great enthusiasm among young people.”
Some background information: To tackle the deepening Covid-19 crisis in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country will start offering vaccines to anyone aged 18 and over from May 1. However, the change went into effect on Saturday, however a number of states, including Delhi, said they did not have any shots to fire.
On Friday, Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged citizens not to line up for shots on Saturday due to no vaccine supplies. Monday is the first day Delhi has been able to offer vaccines to the newly eligible cohort.