Unregistered but eligible residents in Delhi will be able to get COVID-19 vaccine shots between 3 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Unregistered beneficiaries had been inoculated between 3 and 5 p.m. until now, he said.
To receive vaccinations, patients must first register on the Co-WIN website. Those who do not have access to the Co-WIN portal will get COVID-19 vaccines at the centre.
“Only registered beneficiaries will be given vaccine shots between 9 am and 3 pm. The unregistered ones can take the jabs from 3 pm to 9 pm… They just need to carry their Aadhaar card or any other valid identity proof,” Jain said.
On Friday, the Delhi government had issued an order allowing vaccination centres in the city to operate from 9 am to 9 pm, starting Monday.
It has also been directed that all Delhi government hospitals increase the number of vaccination sites on their premises to at least six and depute two vaccinators at each, he said.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister, previously stated that the number of vaccination centres will be doubled to 1,000 from the current 500, encompassing both government and private facilities.
The health minister said on Sunday that the Delhi government has been aggressively testing and tracing contacts, and that the recent spike in new Covid-19 cases will be contained soon.
Due to an increase in the number of cases, district authorities and the Delhi Police have been urged to take strict action against offences at markets and public places, according to Jain.
During the Holi festival, he urged people to be cautious.
“The number of cases had increased during the festive season last year. So, I appeal to everyone to stay safe,” he said.
Delhi reported over 800 COVID-19 cases for the first time this year on Saturday as the positivity rate breached the 1 percent-mark after over two months.
The city had recorded 425 cases on Tuesday. The cases have been steadily rising over the last few days.