Covid19 – India to start vaccination of people aged 45 years and above
Everyone above 45 years of age will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine from April 1, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Tuesday.
While announcing the government’s decision, Javadekar appealed to all eligible people to get themselves registered to get inoculated with the coronavirus vaccines. The Union Minister assured the nation that there is no shortage of COVID vaccine doses in the country.
India currently remains in the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive, which began two months ago, on January 16. So far, approximately 4,72,07,134 vaccine doses have been administered countrywide, of which 19,65,635 were given to eligible beneficiaries in the past 24 hours, on March 22. Meanwhile, around 80 lakh people have received two doses of the vaccine across India.
At present, India is using two emergency approved vaccines—Covishield and Covaxin. Both these vaccines use a two-dose regimen administered after a certain gap.