People aged 45 and up can be vaccinated starting April 1, the Indian government announced today, stepping up the statewide vaccination campaign at a critical moment. Many nations have seen an increase in Covid cases.
“I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to register for vaccination,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said. He was announcing the cabinet’s decision to extend the January-launched drive.
Only people over the age of 60 and those over 45 with other diseases are currently eligible for Covid vaccination. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a meeting that decided to massively expand the program’s reach to include a much larger portion of the population. Those aged 45 and up will begin registering for vaccines as early as April 1.
“This decision has been taken by cabinet on the basis of the advice of the coronavirus Task Force and experts,” said Mr Javadekar.
He claimed that vaccines were plentiful but many more were on the way.
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According to the minister, at least one dose of the Covid vaccine has been given to 4.85 crore people, with 80 lakh receiving the second dose.
Mr Javadekar said doctors will prescribe the right time for the second dose based on the centre’s letter to states yesterday to increase the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – produced by Oxford-Astrazeneca.
“The second dose has to be between four to eight weeks. Doctors will decide when it is best to take the second shot,” the Union Minister said.
The number of coronavirus reports in India has risen dramatically in recent weeks, with daily increases exceeding 30,000 since March 18. There have been 795 cases of the Covid virus in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil throughout the world.
Despite a 13% decrease in new covid infections to 40,715 today, the active caseload has risen for the 13th day in a row, according to the Union health ministry.
On January 16, healthcare employees received vaccinations using two vaccines: Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. From February 2 onwards, frontline employees were declared eligible for the shots.
Given the rise in covid reports of the UK variant in Punjab, Mr Javadekar was asked about Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s appeal to the centre to expand the scope of vaccinations to include younger individuals.
“I’m not a health expert,” the Union Minister said, “and I was not familiar with the nuances of the UK version.”