Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh will take the first shot of the anti-Covid vaccine in the state after it is cleared by the ICMR. A total of 1.25 lakh health workers would receive the dose.
The state government has also prioritised nearly 23 per cent of its three crore population, totalling 70 lakh, comprising healthcare workers, frontline workers, the elderly population above the age of 50 years and people with comorbidities for the first phase of vaccination, an official statement was quoted saying by PTI report.
Singh is among many top dignitaries and experts taking shots of the vaccine, possibly to allay fear of general people about the vaccine. Worldover countries including India are preparing plan to smooth rollout of the vaccines that are at different stages of human trial. Russia and UK are set to launch Sputnik V and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccines likely from next week.
The CM recently made the announcement at a virtual cabinet meeting in Chandigarh, convened to discuss the Covid situation in Punjab and the state’s preparedness to roll out the vaccine, it said. In line with the Centre’s strategy for vaccination, Punjab has prioritised healthcare workers, frontline workers, the elderly population and people with comorbidities, it was decided in the meeting.