Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding necessary steps to ensure availability of COVID vaccine in the state in an accessible manner and in sufficient quantity, an official statement informed on Wednesday.
Baghel has mentioned in the letter that “we have decided to provide free COVID vaccination to everyone of the proposed age of 18 years and above, from May 1st. We have also ordered 25-25 lakh doses of the vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech”. “According to an estimate, about 1 crore 30 lakh people out of the 2 crore 90 lakh population of Chhattisgarh are in the age group of 18-44 years, and total 2 crore 60 lakh doses would be required for their vaccination. So far, 72% of the 58.7 lakh people of 45 years and above have been vaccinated. Including the frontline workers, more than 48 lakh people have been given the first dose of the vaccine and total 6 lakh 34 thousand people have been the second dose of the COVID vaccine. In this way, more than 54 lakh people have received the doses of the vaccine”, the statement added. Chief Minister has assured in the letter that Chhattisgarh will fight shoulder to shoulder with Central Government and win this battle against COVID-19 together.