May 27, 2021 9:16:23 pm
Punjab has expanded the priority list of vaccination for 18-44 age group from June 1 to include shopkeepers and their staff, hospitality sector, industrial workers, rehriwalas/street vendors, delivery boys, bus/cab drivers/conductors and members of local bodies.
The decision was announced on Thursday by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who said as on date, 4.3 lakh individuals in the existing vaccination priority list of construction labour, co-morbid individuals and families of healthcare workers in this age group had been vaccinated.
Chairing a virtual Covid review meeting, Amarinder expressed happiness over the fact that many donors had contributed to the vaccination fund in the state.
Besides shopkeepers and their staff members, as well as industrial workers, the expanded priority list, effective June 1, will include staff working in hotels, restaurants, marriage palaces, caterers, including cooks, bearers etc.
In addition to rehriwalas, other street vendors will also become eligible, especially those serving food items — juice, chat, fruit etc., as well as delivery boys, LPG distribution boys. Bus drivers, conductors, auto/ cab drivers, mayors, councillors, sarpanches and panches will also be covered in this phase of 18-45 age group vaccination.
As far as existing vaccine stocks are concerned, the state only had a balance of 36,000 Covishield and 50,000 Covaxin doses (from those received from the Government of India) for the 45+ age group, and these were sufficient only for a day, the meeting was informed.
In the 18-45 age group, so far the state had received 4,29,780 of the 30 lakh doses ordered, while no Covaxin dose had been received so far though advance payment had been made for 1,14,190 doses.
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