In a decision against the official stance of the state government, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials announced that unvaccinated people will not be allowed access to public services. The civic body announced that residents will not be able to access public services and amenities without showing their vaccination certificates. The controversial announcement comes even as the additional chief secretary of state, Health, Manoj Aggarwal, in a statement, had reiterated that coronavirus vaccines are not “legally mandatory,” the Indian Express reported.
In a video statement, AMC Health Medical Officer Bhavin Solanki was quoted as saying that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to enter civic corps run bus services, tourist spots like Kankaria Lake, Kankaria Zoo, the banks of the Sabarmati river, libraries, sports complexes. , gymkhanas, swimming pools among others. In the same video statement, the official also said that even those who have not taken the second dose of the vaccine and are eligible for it will also not be able to access services.
So far, the state has been able to inoculate vaccine doses of 5.58 crore, of which 1.62 crore are the second doses. On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on Friday, the state had set itself a goal of administering 35 lakhs of doses, but could only achieve around 60 percent of the target by administering around 22.5 lakhs of doses. Many cities had taken special measures to increase the vaccination footprint in the state on Friday, including running vaccination centers until after midnight in some places to organize vaccination camps in public places like the bus station, train stations and the offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Similarly, the AMC had also carried out the vaccination campaign in the city in more than 650 sites administering doses of 1.51 lakh in the day. The civic body had set a goal of administering doses of 2.75 lakhs on Friday. Yet despite falling short of the target number, the state managed to record the best vaccination count in history on Friday, vaccinating a record dose of Rs 22.5 lakhs. The state achieved the previous record on August 31, when it had administered a total of 8.95 lakhs of doses in a single day.