As the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive is starting on January 16, a stock of 54.72 lakh doses of vaccine has reached designated national and state-level vaccine stores across the country.
The government has said by Thursday, this figure will be increased to 1.65 crore doses, of which 1.1 crores will be of Serum India Institute’s Covishield and 55 lakh of Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin.
The Union Health Ministry has informed that four more Covid-19 vaccines are in the pipelines. Meanwhile, in the global vaccine news, the US has expressed concerns that China and Russia may disrupt the vaccine supply chain.
Earlier holding a virtual meeting with chief ministers on the coronavirus vaccination programme in India, due to commence on 16 January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on said the coordination between Centre and states in fighting COVID-19 is a great example of federalism.
He pointed out that it will be the Centre and not the states, that will bear the expenses for the first-phase vaccination of three crore ‘corona warriors’ and frontline workers.
After a person receives the first dose of vaccination, Co-Win will immediately generate a digital vaccination certificate. This certificate will also act as a reminder for the second dose, after which, a final certificate will be given.
“Vaccination drive in India is also significant since several other countries are going to follow us. Vaccination for COVID-19 has been going on in about 50 countries since past 3-4 weeks, and till now, only about 2.5 crore people have received the vaccination. India aims to achieve vaccination for 30 crore people in the next few months,” he said.
He further said that proper mechanisms have been put in place in case a person feels discomfort due to the vaccine, adding that such a mechanism is already in place for universal immunisation programme, and it has been further strengthened for this vaccination drive.
The PM underlined the significance of following the COVID related protocols throughout this endeavour, adding that even those who are receiving the vaccine should continue to follow these precautions to prevent any spread of the virus. He said that all states and UTs will have to put in place mechanisms to keep rumours related to vaccination in check. For this, help from religious and social organisations, NYK, NSS, SHGs etc should be taken.