PM Modi, Chief Ministers, leaders, and other government officials will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot in the second stage of vaccination, which will be somewhere in March or April. People above the age of 50 and people with comorbidities will also be vaccinated in the second stage as per the plan. PM Modi has asked the politicians not to try and get themselves vaccinated in the first stage as it is exclusively for health and law enforcement sectors.
As per the guidelines by the central government, it has been reported that only people who are above the age of 18 are allowed to take the vaccine. Pregnant and lactating mothers are not allowed to take the shot. PM Modi has also urged the people who are getting the shots in the first stage not to miss the second dose of the vaccine.
India has launched the “world’s largest vaccination program” on 16th Jan, covering the entire country to fight against the pandemic. The central government will be bearing the cost of vaccinating the healthcare workers. The government is targeting to vaccinate around 3 crore people(1 crore healthcare workers and 2 crore frontline workers) in the first stage. It has also been reported that the government is targeting to vaccinate 30 crore people by April.
So far two vaccines have been cleared in India, Covishield, and Covaxin. Covishield is developed by Serum institute in partnership with Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Covaxin is developed by Bharat Biotech along with ICMR.
While India has begun the vaccination drive in the country, 15,158 new cases were reported, taking the overall total to 1,05,42,841.
As of 20th January, 8,06,484 people have been vaccinated according to the data of the Union Health Ministry. 1,91,181 people were vaccinated on the first day itself.