MP: Enthusiasm marks first day of vaccination for 18-44 group
(Sourced from PTI)
Several people in the age group of 18 to 44 queued up outside inoculation centers in Madhya Pradesh as the COVID-19 vaccination drive for this category began in the state on Wednesday. "A vaccination center for this age group has been set up in each of the 52 districts of MP," Additional Director, Health, Dr. Santosh Shukla told PTI.
"The vaccination began at these centers from 9 am on Wednesday," he said. The official said 100 people will be administered the vaccine doses on Wednesday at these centers as per pre-allotted slots.
In the industrial hub of Indore, Ankit Shrivastava, a 33-year-old legal officer with an insurance company, was the first to receive vaccine dose at the inoculation camp set up at the municipal corporation headquarters. After receiving the jab, Shrivastava said that he had been keeping a tab on news for the last several days about when the vaccination for his age group would begin.
"I finally took the first shot of the vaccine today. This is the only effective weapon against COVID-19," he said. In Bhopal, a number of people were seen standing in a queue outside the vaccination center at Girls Higher Secondary School in Tulsi Nagar. Local resident Monika Gupta was the first person to receive the jab in this age category at Bhopal's inoculation center.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had announced that the state government will cover the cost of vaccination against COVID-19 for all people above the age of 18. Shortly after Baghel's announcement, the office of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a similar declaration. Vaccination has been opened for all people aged above 18 from May 1.
Meanwhile, MP on Tuesday reported 12,236 fresh COVID-19 cases and 98 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 6,12,666 and the toll to 6,003, as per the state health department. The caseload in Indore, the worst hit by the viral infection in MP, stood at 1,18,085, including 1,169 deaths. The infection count in Bhopal stood at 96,476, including 764 fatalities, as per official figures.