Vaccine shots for those over 50 yrs to begin soon: Govt | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The government plans to start inoculating people above 50 years against Covid-19 as soon as vaccine supplies start improving.
“Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 3. Once this stabilises, people above 50 years will be immunised too very soon,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. “Within that group, there is a sub-group of people above 60,” he added, indicating that the first priority may be given to those above 60 years.
So far, over 44.49 lakh people have been vaccinated against Covid-19. The government plans to vaccinate around 3 crore health and frontline workers by April, followed by the ‘priority’ population group of those above 50 years and those younger but with severe co-morbidities.
However, with adequate supplies of vaccines, it is possible that multiple priority groups may be covered simultaneously.
India has been the fastest country to achieve 4 million Covid-19 vaccinations in just 18 days, even as many countries had a headstart of almost 65 days. India launched the countrywide inoculation drive on January 16.
“We have been doing well and I can confidently say that by tomorrow, 50% of our healthcare workers would have been covered. This means our health services can go ahead without any fear.
This also shows that we have made great strides in ensuring acceptability of made-in-India vaccines and have tackled hesitancy very well,” Niti Aayog memberhealth Dr V K Paul said.

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