Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday batted for walk-in COVID-19 vaccination registrations to be opened up for all. Taking to Twitter, the Wayanad MP noted that those without proper connectivity or access to the internet were presently unable to register themselves for inoculation. The right to life, he added, belonged to all.
"Online registration is not enough for the vaccine. Everyone walking into the vaccine center should get the vaccine. Right to life also belongs to those who do not have internet," he tweeted in Hindi.
Over the last few months, Gandhi has repeatedly hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that vaccines would now be available for free to all adults, he had taken to Twitter wondering why "private hospitals should charge for them".
Presently, as per the Centre's directives, those above the age of 45 can register online as well as walk-in to get their jabs. Younger individuals however are limited to digital means and have to register on the CoWin app or related platforms for their dose.
While the online booking platform was recently made available in multiple regional languages, there is no alternative to online registration for those aged between 18 and 44. Not only those with no access to the internet, this also poses a conundrum for those who might not be digitally savvy enough to book themselves a slot.