The Union Health Minister , Harsh Vardhan, has announced that the Centre has aimed to provide almost 30 crore Indians with the Coronavirus vaccine by August-September 2021.
The Modi Government has started the vaccine delivery process. They have released a list of people who will be provided with the vaccine first. Almost 30 crore Indians are identified in the list who will be inoculated first.
Till now, the Ministry has identified people and demarcated into four categories. The people falling under these categories will be administered the vaccine against the deadly virus first.
These four categories are:
- Healthcare Professionals: This will include one crore medical professionals including MBBS students, doctors, nurses, and ASHA workers.
- Frontline Workers: This will include two crore frontline workers including Municipal Corporation staffers, Police Officers, and Armed Forces personnel.
- Senior Citizens: This will include 26 crore senior citizens. These are people above the age of 50, who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
- Special Category People: 1 crore people below the age of 50 years of age. These will be people with co-morbidities and who require specialized care.
The persons falling under his category will receive top priority for immunization against the COVID-19 virus.
Common people would have to wait till 2022 for the Coronavirus vaccine
In an interview with CNN-News 18, Dr. Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS, said that the common people would have to wait till 2022 to get shots of the Coronavirus vaccine. Hhe is also a member of the National Task Force on COVID-19 management. He mentioned that it would take more than a year for the Indian markets to get an authentic vaccine against the novel Coronavirus.
Guleria also said that due to the large population of our country, they would need time to see how the vaccine could be bought from the market like a flu vaccine and implement its use. He also added that the ideal time would be the end of 2021 to the beginning of 2022.
Guleria also spoke on the spike and mentioned the drop in temperature as one of the factors contributing to the spike. He said that the respiratory viruses spike in the winter months and there is a temperature drop in Delhi. Also, there is a higher chance of the virus surviving in outdoor air and people tend to crowd indoors during winters. He also added the air pollution being a primary contributor to the spike. Delhi usually sees a huge increase in air pollution levels during Diwali, which is approaching close.