Delhi Police will start vaccinating its personnel against COVID-19 soon and details will be sent to them by SMS, the police said in an order to all district heads of the force today.
“Vaccination for COVID-19 of Delhi Police personnel will start soon. The date, time, and place of vaccination for each police personnel will be intimated to him/ her on their mobile number by SMS,” senior police Muktesh Chander, who is also the nodal officer for the COVID-19 action plan, said in the order.
Mr. Chander said, “Therefore, it is important that the mobile number of all police personnel is entered; and updated in the PIS system on the IntraDP system. Al district and unit heads should get this exercise completed by January 3, 2021, positively so that no one; is left out from the vaccination programme. A list of personnel whose mobile numbers are not available in the PIS system will be; intimated by DCP/IT through e-mail to all concerned.”
The announcement by Delhi Police for its personnel; also brings clarity on how other people would likely be contacted for COVID-19 vaccination. Delhi Police personnel, apart from healthcare workers, are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 infections as they have to be deployed in public places round the clock.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that a total of 51 lakh people from three priority groups will get vaccinated in the first phase in the national capital, and their data has been sent to the centre. This includes three lakh healthcare workers and six lakh frontline workers like a policemen and civil defence personnel.
The third category is of those above 50 and those; who are less than 50 but have co-morbidities there are 42 lakh people in this category.
Hundreds of police staff have tested positive since the pandemic reached; the national capital, and there have been several fatalities to COVID-19 in the force.
The country is preparing to vaccinate frontline medical workers; and those directly involved in fighting COVID-19 first. The Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech both have applied for emergency use approval in India, but have been asked for more data. Pfizer had also applied to the Drug Controller General of India, but it is yet to make a presentation. Moderna is yet to apply.
The country’s largest airport in Delhi is also gearing up; to handle the distribution of lakhs of vials of COVID-19 vaccine under “Project Sanjivan” as early as next month.