Punjab CM urges to provide Kovid-19 vaccine free of cost to the poor

Capt Amarinder Singh said that the state has received 2,04,500 doses of Covishield vaccine and thanked the Prime Minister for making it available to health workers.

15th January, 2021

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday demanding free vaccination of Kovid-19 for the poor in the state. The Chief Minister said that the state has received 2,04,500 doses of Kovishield vaccine and thanked the Prime Minister for making it available for health workers.

Demand to consider providing free vaccine to the poor

A statement said that Singh asked Modi to consider providing free vaccine to the poor and also to prevent further spread of infection so that more economic activities can be restored. Citing some reports about not providing free vaccine to the rest of the population apart from health workers and advance front personnel, he said in the letter that the people of the state had to go through a difficult period due to Kovid-19. The epidemic affected the economic activity in the state and the economy has not been able to recover from that shock yet. He said, 'It will be difficult for the poorer section of the society to bear the cost of vaccination.'

"The state exchequer has been affected heavily due to the epidemic," the
Chief Minister said that due to the epidemic, the state treasury has been severely affected. Singh has written in the letter that his government has requested the Center to allow the use of the state's accumulated funds in the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) to deal with Kovid. The Chief Minister will start vaccination in Punjab from Mohali. There will be a total of 59 vaccination centers in the first phase.

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Reported by:
Rachna Kumari