Over 10,000 senior citizens in Delhi received their first shots of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, almost double the number of people above 60 years who got the jab on the inaugural day of the vaccination drive's the second phase, officials said, according to PTI. The Health Department recorded a marginal increase for those under the age bracket of 45-59 as 1,442 people got vaccinated against 1,009 on the previous day.
During the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which begun across the country from Monday, shots are being administered to the priority group of persons aged 60 years and above and those aged 45-59 with specified co-morbidities. A total of 21,227 beneficiaries, including 10,213 senior citizens and 1,442 people in the age group of 45-59, received the shots on Tuesday, according to the data by the department.
Seventy-four per cent or 8,592 people from the two categories chose the private facilities for the first dose, according to the data. In the first phase starting January 16, nearly four lakh beneficiaries comprising healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated in Delhi. Over 9,000 healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated on Tuesday, of which 5,946 got their first dose, as per PTI.