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MoHFW defers Polio NID drive due to Covid-19 vaccination till further Notice

By Saima Siddiqui 
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MoHFW defers Polio NID drive due to Covid-19 vaccination till further Notice

New Delhi: Prior to Centre’s ambitious Corona Vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for the very first time defers Pulse polio vaccination campaign in the last 25 years, which were to start this month. The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday announced that the scheduled Polio NID (National Immunisation Day) round which were to start from January 17, 2021, has been postponed till further notice due to unforeseen activities.

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The Ministry, through a letter on January 9, had informed all states and Union Territories about the decision to defer the national polio drive. Earlier, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Harsh Vardhan, had said on January 8 that polio vaccination drive would be given on 17 January. Under this campaign, polio drops are given to children in the age group of 0-5 years to immunize them against Polio.

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The push in Polio vaccination drive is believed to have come in view of centre’s ambitious Corona vaccination campaign that will be launched across the country from January 16. Given to the severity of the Corona pandemic, the central government has announced to bear the expense of 3 crore frontline worriers, who will be given vaccination in the first phase of this campaign. After this, the corona vaccine will be given to the sweepers, policemen, security personnel, security forces personnel and thereafter, people above 50 years of age and those who more susceptible to infection, will be given immunisation against this deadly virus.

Recently, PM Modi had held meeting with the Chief Ministers of all states about the campaign to be started against the corona virus. In this meeting he had stated that the Corona vaccination campaign in India will be the largest campaign in the world and also that other vaccination work will continue along with it. Polio medicine, which has been postponed for a while now, is given to millions of children every year but due to corona vaccination it was on hold in the country for some time.

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