Delhi to add DJB, electricity department staff to vaccine priority list: Satyendar Jain – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: Health minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said that besides healthcare personnel and other workers, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and electricity department workers would be included in the list of “frontline warriors” against Covid-19 who will receive the Covid vaccine in the first phase.

“On Tuesday, Delhi government issued orders that DJB and electricity department workers should be included in the list of frontline workers,” Jain said on Wednesday. “During the lockdown, all these workers were on duty, working 24×7; hence, they, too, have been duly included in the list of frontline workers along with police, civil defence and sanitation workers,” Jain said.

“It is quite relieving that the effect of coronavirus in Delhi has been dwindling since the past month. For the first time since May, the positivity rate is 1.9%,” he said. “Five per cent is supposed to be good enough, and being at 2%, we are ideal. But I would still urge Delhiites to continue taking all the precautions. I lay stress on wearing a mask without fail,” the minister emphasised.

Although the effect of the outbreak has come down, “coronavirus will live with us. It’s not going to completely go”, Jain said. “According to WHO parameters, Delhi is in a safe zone.” Almost 50% of the ICU beds in the city are available, though the occupancy lies between 80% and 90% in private hospitals, he added.

Delhi government has prepared a list of nearly two lakh healthcare personnel in the capital who will be the first to get inoculated as soon as a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes available in the national capital. The “frontline warriors” will be followed by those who are 60 years or above and then by those in the 50-59 age bracket with comorbidities.

The healthcare personnel include medical, paramedical, supporting, security, sanitation and administrative staff of all allopathy, dental and ayush facilities, physiotherapy clinics, diagnostic laboratories, radiology centres and other healthcare settings. The database will be submitted to the Union health ministry by the Delhi health and family welfare department.

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