PM Modi makes BIG statement on Omicron outbreak, Covid-19 vaccination

PM Modi makes BIG statement on Omicron outbreak, Covid-19 vaccination

New Delhi:: Addressing the nation late Saturday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised the countrymen to be vigilant against the new Covid-19 variant Omicron and announced the introduction of immunization for children between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

He also said that the release dose (booster dose) of vaccine for the elderly and health workers and frontline workers over 60 years of age with comorbidity (serious illness) will also be introduced from January 10. 

In his address, PM Modi also appealed to the countrymen to continue taking precautionary measures against corona such as hand washing and wearing masks in the midst of Omicron infection.

“Coronavirus has not gone anywhere. Indian scientists have kept a close watch on Omicron. We are in the last week of 2021. 2022 is set to arrive. We need to be cautious during the festive period. Infections are rising across several nations due to a new variant of COVID Omicron. In India, there have been a few cases as well. I would urge all of you not to panic, be careful and alert,” PM Modi said.

“The experience of fighting the pandemic so far shows that following all the guidelines at the individual level is a great weapon to combat Corona. The second weapon is vaccination,” he added.

PM Modi also announced vaccination for children in age group of 15-18 years will begin from January 3, 2022.

PM Modi also said that today more than 141 crore doses have been administered in India and more than 90 per cent eligible population has been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine while over 61 per cent of the adult population is vaccinated with a double dose.

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“Today, the nation has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen supported beds, 1.4 lakh ICU beds and 90,000 special beds for kids. Today, we have over 3,000 functional PSA Oxygen plants and 4 lakh cylinders have been provided to all states,” PM Modi said.

“Those with comorbidities and above 60 years of age on the recommendation of their doctors will be eligible for precaution doses from January 10, 2022, onwards,” PM Modi added

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a high-level meeting to review the efforts to combat COVID-19 and Omicron strain and emphasised the need to be “satark” and “saavdhan” in view of the new variant.

As per the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 7,189 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, the nationwide case tally of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has reached 415. 

first published:Dec. 25, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

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