Hyderabad: The Central Government on 23 March announced that everyone above the age of 45 years will get vaccinated after 1 April.
So far, all people above the age of 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities were being vaccinated.
From 1 April, people above the age of 45 will not require a comorbidity certificate to get vaccinated, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. Anybody suffering from serious cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, AIDS, and persons with disabilities had been included in the list of people suffering from comorbidities.
As per the advice by scientists & world scientist bodies, 2nd dose can be administered b/w 4th & 8th week, particularly for COVISHIELD. We appeal that all above 45 should take vaccine as early as possible that will provide them shield against Corona: Union Minister P Javadekar pic.twitter.com/K08tysFgFz— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2021
As per the advice by scientists & world scientist bodies, 2nd dose can be administered b/w 4th & 8th week, particularly for COVISHIELD. We appeal that all above 45 should take vaccine as early as possible that will provide them shield against Corona: Union Minister P Javadekar pic.twitter.com/K08tysFgFz
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers getting inoculated first. The vaccination drive for frontline workers started from 2 February. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on 1 March for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.
The minister said that India has till now vaccinated 4.85 crore people. "In the last 24 hours, 32.54 lakh people got vaccinated. In February, the daily average was around 3.50 lakh every day but in March, the daily average [of vaccination] has reached around 15 lakh," Mr. Javadekar said.
Punjab reports new cases of UK variant
Meanwhile, 81 per cent of the latest 401 samples sent by Punjab for genome sequencing turned out positive for the new UK COVID-19 variant, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday.
He appealed to the people to get vaccinated even as he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to widen the vaccination ambit to cover those below 60, since the UK variant mutant has been found to be infecting young people more.
Expressing concern over the situation, he stressed the need for the Central government to urgently open up the vaccination for a bigger section of the populace.