Miffed with Centre over farm laws, people in Punjab are not taking vaccine shots: Amarinder Singh

New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to share the supply of covid-19 vaccines scheduled as he said available vaccines in the state would last for only five days. The state is currently inoculating  85,000-90,000 persons a day, he added. 

The chief minister also said that he is hoping that the Centre would supply the soon so that the state could intensify its vaccination drive. We will then plan to inoculate 2.5 lakh people in a day, he added. 

The chief minister said that he has had written to the Prime Minister and the Union Health Minister to give confirmed supply schedules in order for state to further plan the inoculation drive,. 

Despite being a slow-starter in vaccination, Punjab has vaccinated more than 16 lakh persons, at an average of around 85,000-90,000 per day, he said during a video conference convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the Covid situation.

The meeting was attended by chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states, as well as senior party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi.

He further added that people in Punjab are not coming out in large number to receive the vaccine dose as most are miffed with government over the three contentious farm laws. 

He said in order to build trust among people, his government is undertaking an extensive media campaign and is focusing on media addressing the mis-information regarding covid and vaccine hesitancy.

Punjab has reported a total of 3,459 person cases on April 9 out of 41,347 samples tested, while 56 deaths were reported, he said the high death rate has been on account of late reporting to hospitals, high co-morbidity (non-communicable diseases).

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