The government has announced on Tuesday that any citizen who is above 45 years of age is eligible for vaccination from April 1. Prakash Javdekar, Minister of Broadcasting and Information, has requested people who are eligible to get themselves registered.
As per the data, the recipient of the first jab was numbered around 4.86 crores. The second dose has been received by 80 lakh people as of now. Currently, only people above 60 years of age and people above 45 years of age with comorbidities were eligible for vaccination.
Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, has also written a letter to states and union territories and informed them that no comorbidity certificate will be required for vaccination from April 1. He announced the cut-off dates for eligible persons born on or before 1 January 1977. The registration will start from April 1 on the CoWin.
The country has witnessed a rise in covid 19 cases. During these times, vaccination will be a key factor. Ravi Wankhedkar, President of the Indian Medical Association, advised that the vaccination strategy should be reformed. There is a need to make changes and reach the people at maximum risk of infection. The vaccination drive should work in a way that it reaches the person who requires it the most.
He also said that the lockdown is not the solution. Instead, vaccination on a large basis would solve the problem. He also asked the authorities to involve the private sector in the vaccination drive. By indulging the private sector, it will lower the hesitation among people about inoculation. It will also make the drive speedier. India reported more than 50 thousand cases in the last 24 hours with the highest from Maharashtra. India also reported 250 casualties with 26 thousand recoveries.