On Saturday, the central government notified in a press release that India was all set to kick off the COVID vaccination drive on January 16, 2021.
Priority will be provided to the frontline workers and healthcare workers in the rollout of COVID vaccination who are estimated to be 3 crores in number. This will be followed by the vaccination of those people who were above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities that number around 27 crores.
The COVID vaccination drive is set to be started by the government just after the forthcoming festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Magh Bihu, Pongal, among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted while giving the information that on 16th January, a landmark step will be taken by India in fighting COVID-19. India’s nationwide COVID vaccination drive will begin starting that day. The brave doctors, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis, and healthcare workers will be given priority.
A high-level meeting was chaired by PM Modi on Saturday to review the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the preparedness of the UTs and states for COVID vaccination. The Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, and other senior officials attended the meeting.
Earlier today, during his 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas address, PM Modi said that India was ready with two vaccines for the protection of humanity and the world was not only waiting for them but also watching how the country runs the biggest vaccination program of the globe.
Recently, India’s drug regulator approved the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield that is manufactured by the Serum Institute along with the indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for the restricted emergency use in the country. Across the country, two dry runs of the vaccines have also been conducted to understand the best way to administer them and plug loopholes in training and logistics.
India’s fight against COVID-19 was lauded by Modi and he said that they were among the countries with the highest recovery rate and the lowest fatality rate. He said that the way the country stood together was unparalleled during the pandemic. He also said that being the pharmacy of the world, India had supplied important medicines to all those in need in the world and will continue to do so.