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India’s COVID vaccination drive is slated to start on January 16 with priority given to an estimated three crore healthcare workers and the frontline workers, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The rollout of Covid vaccine will provide precedence to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 crore, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore. The government has reserved to start the drive just after the forthcoming festivals such as Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, among others.

Giving the information, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “On 16th January, India takes a landmark step forward in fighting COVID-19. Starting that day, India’s nation-wide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis.”

On Saturday, PM Modi led a high-level meeting to review status of COVID-19 in the country along with preparedness of the states and UTs for Covid vaccination. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Health Secretary, and other senior officials.

During his 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas address earlier today, PM Modi said India is ready with two vaccines for the protection of humanity and the world is not only waiting for them but also watching how the country runs the globe’s biggest vaccination programme.

We are eagerly waiting for the release of vaccines and we hope that this pandemic gets over without further delay.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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