India to inoculate senior citizens in second phase of covid-19 vaccination beginning from March

New Delhi: India is on a roll as it plans to start phase two of coronavirus vaccination programme after very successful first phase that began on January 16 with two approved vaccines — Covax and Covishield. 

The second phase of the vaccination drive will began from March 1, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press conference. He also said that those above the age of 60 and 45-year-olds with comorbidities can receive the vaccine shots at government Centre as well as private clinics. 

The shots will be given at 10,000 government-run centres (where it will be free of cost) and 20,000 private centres. While private hospitals will charge for the vaccines, government clinic will provide the jabs for free, the minister added. The charges for covid-19 vaccination at private hospitals are yet to be announced. 

“From March 1, people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres,” Mr Javadekar said.

“Those who want to get vaccinated from private hospitals will have to pay. The amount they would need to pay will be decided by the Health Ministry within three-four days as they are in discussion with the manufacturers and hospitals,” he added.

Around 27 crore people are expected to be inoculated in the second phase. Of this group around 10 crore are people over 60, the government said.

Of late, the government has been ramping up the nationwide vaccination drive. The urgency to ramp up the process has come after the country started recording an upward trend in the number of daily infections.

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