People of age 45 years and above can be vaccinated from April 1, says Javadekar
New Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced that people of age 45 years and above can be vaccinated from April 1. The decision has come at a time when coronavirus cases are rising again in the country.
“I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to register for vaccination,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Further, he said that there will be no need for medical certificates supporting co-morbidity conditions. It was stipulated by the government for the second phase of vaccination.
Javadekar said that the gap between the Covishield doses has been extended to eight weeks from four weeks. He said that the decision was taken on the basis of scientific advice as it is more effective in building immunity.
According to Javadekar, 4.85 crore people have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 80 lakh have received the second dose.
The second phase of vaccination drive was started on March 1 for senior citizens and people above the age of 45 years with co-morbidities.
The vaccination drive was started on January 16 in India. Healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated during the first drive.