The union government said on 9 January the Covid-19 vaccination drive would begin in the country on 16 January when nearly 30 million healthcare and frontline workers in India will be inoculated, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the status of Covid-19 in the country along with preparedness of the states and union territories for the vaccination today.
The cabinet secretary, principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the health secretary and other senior officials attended the meeting.
3 crore corona warriors to get vaccine first
After COVID warriors those above 50 years and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore will be vaccinated.
A digital vaccine delivery management system will give real-time info on vaccine stocks, storage temperature, tracking of beneficiaries, the government said adding that digital platform will help in automated session allocation, verification and post-vaccination certificate to recipients.
On 8 January, the Centre had issued guidelines for the packaging and transportation of Covid-19 vaccines by air, directing the airport authorities and airlines to use dry ice as the refrigerant material during the transportation in order to maintain the low temperatures between -8° C to -70° C.
Decision taken during high-level meet chaired by Modi
Last week, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that one crore healthcare workers and two crore frontline workers would be given the free vaccine in the first phase in India.
“In the first phase of vaccination, the free vaccine will be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that include one crore healthcare and 2 crore frontline workers,” the health minister said in a tweet.
The remaining list of 27 crore priority beneficiaries who will be vaccinated till July is getting finalised, he had said.
Speaking at the16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention today the Prime Minister had said that the world is not only waiting for them but also watching as to how the nation runs the globe’s biggest vaccination programme.