Second phase of Covid-19 vaccination to commence from March 1, age above 60 years to get vaccinated

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The second phase for Covid-19 vaccination in India will commence from March 1, where people with 60 years of age and above along with those above 45 years of age with existential co-morbidities will be vaccinated, revealed Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday.

While addressing the press conference post the Union Cabinet meeting, the minister iterated those who would be administered the vaccine at private centres will have to take care of their own expenses.

Javadekar said, “The second phase of vaccination from March 1 in which 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.”

He said, “Those who would take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay. The amount will be decided by the health ministry within the next 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers and hospitals.”

As of now, 1,07,67,000 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far in the first phase of vaccination drive which had initiated on January 16.  Javadekar said, “14 lakh people have received a second dose as well. In the first phase, healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated, and the expenditure was borne by the government.”

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