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Indians Above 60 Years To Be Vaccinated From March 1

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the second phase of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination from March 1, Union minister Prakash Javadekar announced at a press conference.

Today is the 336th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,10,30,176 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,56,567 deaths.

India’s recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 97.25 percent. Globally, more than 11.2 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 24.83 lakh have died so far.

The government has been ramping up the existing nationwide vaccination drive, which began on January 16, to start the next phase of inoculation.

India, along with many countries, has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and has started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the second phase of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination from March 1, Union minister Prakash Javadekar announced at a press conference.

India’s regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin. More than 1.19 crore people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.

The Union Cabinet also said that people above the age of 60, and 45-year-olds with comorbidities can get the jabs at government as well as private clinics. While private hospitals will charge the patients for the jabs, those going to government clinics will be administered the vaccine for free, he added.

“The amount they would need to pay will be decided by the health ministry within 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers and hospitals,” said Javadekar.

Speaking at a Health Ministry press conference, Mr. Bhushan said more private hospitals will be utilized to increase the speed and coverage of COVID – 19 vaccination in the coming days.

“Approximately 10,000 hospitals are being used for administering vaccines in a day. Out of these, 2,000 hospitals are private. This shows how essential is the private sector… In the coming days, more private sector hospitals will be utilized to increase the vaccination coverage and speed,” he said.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of vaccine doses administered to healthcare and frontline workers has crossed 1.19 crore on Tuesday as per data released by the Ministry. It added that a total of 1,19,07,392 vaccine doses have been given through 2,53,434 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

“These include 64,71,047 health care workers (HCW) who have taken the first dose and 13,21,635 HCWs who have taken the second, along with 41,14,710 frontline workers (FLW) (1st dose).”

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