Gehlot reviews progress of COVID-19 vaccination in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said the state is managing COVID-19 vaccination excellently, while blaming the delay in the drive on short supply of vaccine doses.
Reviewing the progress of the inoculation campaign in the state from his official residence, the chief minister urged the Centre to give adequate supply of vaccines as a large number of people are yet to get their second dose.
He directed officials of the state government to demand an increase in the supply of vaccines from the Centre so that people can be vaccinated on time.
In a statement, the chief minister said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has appreciated the vaccination management of Rajasthan.
''It is a matter of pride for the state. Our medical personnel have done the vaccination with utmost efficiency,'' he added.
Gehlot said a protocol should be prepared for religious events in the coming months in the wake of the viral disease.
Health Minister Raghu Sharma said his department was ensuring proper preparations, keeping in mind the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic. A door-to-door survey has been started for non-communicable diseases, he added.
So far, 2.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state. Out of these, 2.18 crore people have received their first dose and 48.87 lakh people have received both doses, Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said.