Polio immunization programme postponed till Jan 31 in view of Covid vaccination drive

Union Health Ministry has postponed the polio immunization drive to January 31 in view of the COVID vaccination drive starting January 16.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  15 Jan 2021 3:33 AM GMT
Polio immunization programme postponed till Jan 31 in view of Covid vaccination drive

Hyderabad: Union Health Ministry has postponed the polio immunization drive to January 31 in view of the COVID vaccination drive starting January 16.

Earlier polio immunization drive was scheduled on January 17.

"The massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive will be rolled out from January 16, 2021. This would be the world's largest immunization exercise. Therefore, it has been decided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in consultation with the office of the President of India to reschedule the Polio vaccination day, also known as the National Immunisation Day (NID) or `Polio Ravivar' to January 31, 2021," said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfares.

The President will launch the National Immunisation Day on January 30, 2021 by administering Polio drops to children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The decision is in keeping with the stated policy of the Health Ministry to ensure that COVID management and vaccination services, as well as non-COVID essential health services, proceed in tandem without adversely impacting each other.


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