Over 7 Crore COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered So Far: Centre

COVID-19 vaccination: Centre directs states, UTs to not allow fresh registrations of healthcare, frontline...

COVID-19 vaccination: Centre directs states, UTs to not allow fresh registrations of healthcare, frontline...

"This issue was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts in the NEGVAC meeting today that is 3/4/ 2021 and as per the recommendation of NEGVAC, it has been decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCW is and FLW is will be allowed with immediate effect", union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote in the letter addressed to health secretaries in the states. Later, persons aged 60 years and above and those aged 45-59 years with identified 20 co-morbidities were covered from March 1 2021.

In the letter, Bhushan said that the timeline for completion of vaccination for all in the priority group was fixed at February 25 for HCWs and March 6 for FLWs.

The move would allow the vaccine shots to reach other groups that need to be vaccinated, the Centre said, noting that healthcare and frontline workers-the first group to have access to the vaccine-have had enough time to get vaccinated.

In the letter, Bhushan said all efforts have been made in close collaboration with states and UTs to saturate vaccination of HCWs and FLWs.

He said MoH hoped the number registering would increase before the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine injection, commencing on April 17, to avoid difficulties in the final phase of the vaccine injection.

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More than 36.7 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, the Union Health ministry said on Friday.

The order came on Saturday after the government received reports of fake entries by vaccine beneficiaries at a few Covid Vaccination Centres followed by an anomaly that came to its notice. Over 200 hospitals have planned to set up additional vaccination sites to meet the target, he said.

The Centre has asked states to stop new vaccination registrations under these two categories and to quickly vaccinate those healthcare and frontline workers who have already registered themselves.

According to the Health Ministry's reports, the cumulative vaccination figure includes over 6.5 crore (6,57,39,470) first doses, while the second dose numbers have crossed the 1 crore (1,02,40,181) mark.

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