Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 2
With the Covid-19 vaccine in the final stages of operationalisation in India, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder on Wednesday announced that he will take the first shot of the vaccine in Punjab, once it is cleared by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
The Chief Minister made this announcement at the virtual Cabinet meeting, during a presentation to discuss the pandemic situation in Punjab and the state’s preparedness to roll out the vaccine.
In line with the Government of India strategy for vaccination, Punjab has prioritised healthcare and frontline workers, the elderly population (over 50 years of age), and people with co-morbidities, the meeting was informed.
Punjab Health Secretary Hussan Lal said the state had compiled data of 1.25 lakh government and private healthcare workers to be vaccinated in the first phase. Approximately 23 per cent (70 lakh) of the state’s population, estimated at around 3 crore, would be vaccinated in terms of the Centre’s guidelines on vaccine prioritisation, he added.
To ensure seamless rollout of the vaccination, the State Steering Committee is coordinating closely with the National Steering Committee, while the State Task Force will work in tandem with the district and block-level task force committees.
24 Covid deaths
- The state saw 604 fresh cases and 24 deaths took in 24 hours
- The caseload has reached 1,53,308 and deaths 4,842
- 150 patients are on oxygen support and 12 on ventilator support
- SAS Nagar tops the chart with five new deaths. Bathinda and Jalandhar report three deaths each