Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu& |  Photo Credit: ANI
Chandigarh: Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday issued a stern warning to healthcare workers against skipping the Covid vaccination saying that later they will have to bear the cost of their treatment in case they contract the virus.
“Healthcare workers who don’t get vaccinated, despite being given repeated opportunities and in case they get the infection later, they’ll have to bear the cost of their treatment and they will not be allowed to avail quarantine/isolation leave,” ANI quoted Punjab health minister as saying.
According to the government’s data, Punjab has administered 1,36,288 vaccine doses so far, which include 1,22,429 first doses and 13,859 second doses.
On Saturday, Punjab recorded 358 fresh cases of Covid-19 and eight deaths. With new cases, the total number of infections rose to 1,78,111, while the death toll has risen to 5,748. There are 2,883 active Covid-19 cases in the state, as of now, according to the health bulletin.
‘Consult state in fixing Covid vaccine priorities’
Yesterday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged the central government to consult with the state before fixing priorities for Covid vaccination, as it is a matter involving the entire population.
In his circulated speech at the NITI Aayog meeting, Singh also requested the Centre to allow 100 per cent use of available State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) towards expenditure for Covid Management, instead of the present ceiling of 50 per cent.
A total of 1.08 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered till now with 1.86 lakh jabs given on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry said.
Of the 1,08,38,323 doses administered, Joint Secretary in the Union Health ministry Mandeep Bhandari said 72,26,653 vaccination doses were administered to healthcare workers and 36,11,670 to frontline workers whose inoculation started on February 2.