The Delhi government issued an order on Monday asking the 34 hospitals to run one-third of the sites located in them (2 of 6 in each hospital) 24 hours for those who don’t have time to be inoculated in the day. “Now you can get vaccinated against Covid anytime in Delhi. The eligible people should come forward to get the jab. We will not allow any shortage of facilities in Delhi,” CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
The need of the hour is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. To that effect, this move will certainly make it easier to take a jab for the working population, especially on weekdays.
Extra manpower for night shifts at hosps
In order to accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination, it has been decided that the timings of functioning of the Covid vaccination centres should be further increased… 1/3rd of vaccination sites in all Delhi government hospitals will also function from 9pm to 9am. All the facilities will ensure deployment of adequate manpower at these sites to ensure smooth functioning…“ an order by the health & family welfare department stated.
An official said that all Delhi government hospitals have six vaccination sites which currently operate from 9am to 9pm. Initially, sessions were held from 9am to 5pm, which was extended by the government recently to boost turnout.
“From Tuesday, two out of the six sites located in each Delhi government hospital will also function 24 hours (from 9pm to 9am). The manpower at the centres will change with the hospital management making additional manpower for night shift. We expect people to turn out at night as well and get themselves inoculated,” said a health department official.
The government opened vaccination for all aged 45 and above from April 1 as part of its efforts to protect the most vulnerable people first from the coronavirus. The vaccination of people above 60 and those in the 45-59 age group with 20 different co-morbidities was already going on.
Since most of the people between 45-59 are working, they find it difficult to get the shot in the day. The 24-hour facility will provide them ample opportunity to get the vaccine. Since the facility would be available in government hospitals, which have their own security arrangements and are located in prime locations, the concern of safety is also largely addressed.