Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating to prioritize vaccination drive for the marginalized section of the society including daily wage workers.
C M Baghel said in the letter that as per the guidelines of the Government of India, registration of the interested beneficiaries of age group 18-44 years has been started from April 28, 2021, through COWIN Portal for COVID vaccination. Although the state-wise information is not available on this portal, but nationwide nearly 1.7 crore citizens of this age group have registered themselves on the COWIN portal for the vaccination.
According to the guidelines of the Government of India, States have to procure vaccine doses for this age group at their own expense. In the same sequence, Chhattisgarh Government has ordered 25-25 lakh doses of COVIshield and COVaxin from the manufacturers. One of the producers i.e. Bharat Biotech has responded to the order query stating that only 3 lakh of these doses can be delivered by May month. Under these circumstances, when a large number of registrations are pouring in through the portal and not enough vaccine doses are available, this may create problems in crowd management at the social sites built for vaccination.
Chief Minister further mentioned in the letter that under these circumstances, keeping in view the shortage in supply of the vaccine doses, the Government of India should divide the process of vaccinating this age group on a priority basis. In the same sequence, the people from socially and economically weaker sections of the society should be given first preference. The reason being, the only mode of registration available for vaccination is online, and this may deprive the socially and economically weaker section.