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Less than half of Delhi's frontline workers are opting for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Around 4,319 (53 percent) frontline workers received the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan.16 in Delhi. The numbers fell to 3,598 on Jan.17, 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India's COVID-19 vaccination drive, which inoculated nearly three crore health and other frontline workers, on Jan.16, 2021.

On Dec. 24, 2020, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that 51 lakh people will be vaccinated in the first phase including health workers, frontline workers, people over 50 years of age. Further, he added that each person would be given two doses, and a total of 1.02 crore doses will be required in the first phase of vaccination in Delhi.

Delhi's three municipal corporations sent out names of over 1 lakh frontline workers and healthcare workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase. The east corporation had recommended names of 21,511 workers, the south and north corporations have forwarded details of 44,710 and 35,000 workers respectively.

But Delhi witnessed a decline of 16.7 percent in the number of healthcare and frontline workers turning up for the COVID-19 vaccination on Jan.18, compared to Jan.16. On the first day of the drive, 4,319 beneficiaries administered the vaccine shot of the expected target of 10,125, and a total of 3,598 workers were inoculated against a target of 8,136 on the second day of the drive, according to the data compiled from the 11 districts in the Capital.

Therefore, several officials and hospital authorities said the numbers are less as many healthcare workers want to wait and watch, given the number of COVID-19 cases has dropped considerably.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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