Covid-19 Vaccination Drive for 60+ to Begin on March 1
Updated On Feb 26, 2021
Recently, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination will commence from March 1. During this second phase, people over 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities will be given Covid-19 vaccine. It must be noted that this vaccination will be free-of-cost and conducted at 10,000 government hospitals.
Addressing the media, the Union I&B Minister informed that the vaccine would be available for free at government as well as enlisted private hospitals. He stated that the second phase of the world's largest vaccination drive will start from March 1 in which anybody above 60 years, that may be around 10 crore people and 45 years plus with co-morbidities will be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in 10,000 government medical facilities and over 20,000 private hospitals as well.
Furthermore, he added that people who want to get vaccinated from private hospitals will have to pay. The Union Health Ministry will decide the amount to be paid in three to four days. The discussions with vaccine manufacturers and hospitals are going on.
Meanwhile, 16738 new covid-19 cases have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The surge in coronavirus cases is highest since January 29.
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