Rohan Jaitley, the state cricket board president confirmed Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has offered the premises of the Arun Jaitley Stadium to be used as a Covid-19 vaccination centre.
The stadium was in use up until May 2, the final day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 before it was indefinitely suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Rohan Jaitley Wrote If A Vaccination Centre Is Required, The DDCA Premises Can Be Used Till Normalcy Returns
Rohan Jaitley, therefore, wrote to the Delhi government and suggested they turn the cricket stadium premises into a vaccination site where at least 10,000 people can get the jabs every day.
“I had written that if they feel that they require a centre for vaccination, the DDCA premises can be used till normalcy returns,” Jaitley told PTI on Saturday.
Healthcare workers, frontline staff and those aged above 45 are being given jabs at 470 centres, whereas beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group are being inoculated at 394 centres. A total of 41.64 lakh doses were administered to beneficiaries across all categories in Delhi till Wednesday morning since the inoculation drive started on January 16.
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Delhi has so far received 8.17 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines for the 18-44 years category, and over 43 lakh doses for 45-plus, and healthcare and frontline workers.
“In our stadium premises, we have a facility where 10,000 people can be vaccinated per day. If they want, till the time there is some semblance of normalcy, they can use it till cricketing activity resumes.”
He said that he has got a reply that “the chief secretary will look into the matter.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the Covid-19 impact has lessened in the city, with the case positivity rate in the national capital dropping to 11 per cent. Delhi recorded 6,500 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
In order to ramp up the coronavirus vaccination drive in the country, the Centre had last month announced a ‘liberalised and accelerated’ Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from May 1. Now, everyone above the age of 18 is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.