Mamata Banerjee announce free COVID vaccine ahead of Bengal polls

COVID vaccination in West Bengal is likely to begin by this week.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost to the people of the state. She also said the state government is making arrangements to facilitate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. "I am happy to announce that our government is making arrangements to facilitate the administration of #COVID19 vaccine to all the people of the state without any cost," she said in a statement.

COVID vaccination in West Bengal is likely to begin by this week. The state health department has revealed that initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are likely to be administered to health workers by January 14. Serum Institute of India’s version of Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ is likely to reach Kolkata from Pune by Saturday, according to some media reports.

The West Bengal government has already furnished a list comprising identities of Health workers who would receive the first COVID shots in the state. The health workers include nurses, doctors, and Group-D staff of hospitals.

According to a health bulletin West Bengal's COVID-19 tally is about 5,59,886; with 8,034 active cases and the state's coronavirus death toll to 9,922, the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state to 96.79 per cent. Among the districts North 24 Parganas district reported the highest number of new cases at 224, followed by Kolkata (193). West Bengal has so far tested over 74.06 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 34,221 in the last 24 hours.
 

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