The government on 23 March announced that now the people above 45 years of age can take the Covid-19 vaccine from 1 April.
“It has been decided that from 1 April, the Covid-19 vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age. We request that all eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated,” said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Javadekar approved the decision of increasing the time interval between two doses of Covishield.
“As per the advice by scientists and world scientist bodies, the second dose can be administered between 4th and 8th week, particularly for Covishield. We appeal that all above 45 should take the vaccine as early as possible that will provide them shield against COVID-19,” stated Javadekar.
The government urged people to maintain social distancing and wear masks besides following Covid-19 safety protocols.
The Centre took the decision during a cabinet meeting.
So far, over 4.8 crore vaccine doses have been administered through 7,84,612 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on 23 March. India reportedly recorded the highest single-day vaccination on 22 March as more than 32.53 lakh doses were given.
The announcement comes on a day when the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry informed that India recorded 40,715 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s total COVID-19 caseload has increased to 1,16,86,796. Official data said that six states namely Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu together account for 80.90% of the new cases.
Earlier, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that there was no Co-Win application where citizens could register themselves and that they must visit the web portal to register to get a vaccine against the coronavirus disease. The Co-Win app is only meant for administrators, the government said.
Maharashtra continued to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 while Gujarat reported 1,640 new cases.
India has recorded more than 1.11 crore recoveries.