Covid-19 vaccination to begin from Jan 16 in India

RNS: The vaccination drive for COVID 19 will kick off on 16th January in the country. The priority of giving vaccination will be for the healthcare workers and the frontline workers, estimated to be around 3 crores, followed by those above 50 years and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crores.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the preparedness for COVID vaccination during a meeting on Saturday.

Emergency use Authorisation or Accelerated Approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – which have established safety and immunogenicity.

PM briefed about the preparedness status of the Centre in close collaboration with the State and UT Governments for the rollout of the vaccine. The vaccination exercise is underpinned by the principles of people’s participation, utilizing the experience of elections, and the Universal Immunization Program.

PM also apprised about the Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System. More than 79 lakh beneficiaries have been registered on the platform.

The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary, and other senior officials. The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of the status of COVID management covering various issues.


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