From Tuesday onwards, COVID vaccination sites across 34 Delhi government hospitals will open 24 hours to make the inoculation available to the eligible public round the clock.
On Monday, an order was issued by the Delhi government asking 32 government hospitals to run one-third of the COVID vaccination sites located in the 24 hours so that eligible people who do not get time for the jab can get it during night time.
An order issued by the health and family welfare department stated that in order to accelerate the pace of COVID vaccination, it has been decided that the timings of functioning of the COVID vaccination centers should be increased further from 9 pm to 9 am. Deployment of adequate manpower will be ensured by all the facilities to ensure smooth functioning of the vaccination sites.
At 34 Delhi government hospitals including Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, GTB Hospital, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Delhi State cancer Research Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, etc. vaccination is going on.
Currently, there are six vaccination sites that operate from 9 am to 9 pm, according to an official. Recently, the government increased the time of vaccination sessions from the earlier 9 am to 5 pm to 9 am to 9 pm.
A health department official said that from Tuesday, two out of the six COVID vaccination sites located in each Delhi government hospital will also function 24 hours (9 pm to 9 am). Additional manpower for the night shift will be made by the hospital management. They expect the people to turn out at night as well and get themselves inoculated.