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.
“We have enough vaccine. All eligible people should get registered as it is a shield against COVID-19. We appeal all above 45+ should get vaccinated,” Javadekar said while addressing a press conference.
When asked to comment on the UK coronavirus variant cases found in Punjab, Javadekar said I an not a health expert, but can say this virus erupts in several variants. More cases are expected. States which are noticing more case, we are in constant touch with them, he added.
As per the advice by scientists and world scientist bodies, the second dose can be administered between the fourth and eight week, particularly for Covishield.
India has approved Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India (SII).
The union health ministry said that 4,84,94,594 corona vaccine doses have been administered through 7,84,612 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.
The Union Cabinet’s decision to allow people above 45 years of age to get vaccinated comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with several chief ministers over the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
India on Tuesday recorded 40,715 coronavirus cases, taking the total infection tally to 1,16,86,796. India’s total Active Caseload stands at 3.45 lakh (3,45,377) as of today. India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,11,81,253 today. The national recovery rate is 95.67 per cent. 199 corona patients lost their lives in the last 24 hours, taking the fatality count to 1,60,166.
Meanwhile, the union ministry of health and family welfare today said that Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu reported a rise in daily new corona cases. The states account for 80.90 per cent of the new infections reported in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra continues 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.