Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after he got himself vaccinated has appealed to the Centre to widen the vaccination net to cover those younger than 60.
On the rising cases in Punjab in recent days Singh was of the view that Eighty-one per cent of the 401 samples sent by the government for genome sequencing have tested positive for the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19.
Expressing concern over the COVID-19 situation, the chief minister also appealed to people to get themselves vaccinated and stressed the need for the Central government to urgently open up vaccination for a larger section of the population.
“The process needs to be expedited,” he said, pointing to the fact that experts had found the Covishield vaccine to be equally effective against the UK variant – B.1.1.7. It was essential to vaccinate more and more people to break the chain of transmission, he said.