With the pandemic claiming innumerable lives all over the globe, India’s scientists came up with their research of an antidote for the coronavirus. The antidote came in the form of a vaccination that began its first phase of inoculating to the most sensitive and vulnerable community the frontline workers.
After a successful drive of the first phase of injecting, the vaccination against novel coronavirus will begin for the age group of 45 and 60 from 1 March, officials said Wednesday.
People over the age of 45 who suffer from comorbidities will now be included in the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which will begin on 1 March, officials said.
Announcing the next step of India’s vaccination campaign, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that a resolution to this effect was accepted at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Vaccines to the above listed classes will be provided free of charge at government hospitals, although they will be paid for the same at private centres, Javadekar said.
The announcement comes in the midst of a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases around the world. Recently, the Center dispatched a number of multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir after these states registered an upsurge in Covid-19 incidents.
The three-member multidisciplinary teams are led by the Union Minister of Health’s Joint Secretary-level Officers in the Ministry of Health.