The Union Health Ministry has rescheduled the polio immunisation drive from January 17th to January 31. As Prime Minister will virtually launch the pan-India COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.
“In view of this world’s largest (COVID-19) immunisation exercise, it has been decided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in consultation with the office of the President of India to reschedule the Polio vaccination day, also known as National Immunisation Day (NID) or ‘Polio Ravivar’ to January 31, 2021 (Sunday),” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
The polio vaccination takes place every year in January across the country.
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This year the country will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation programme and the priority will be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.
According to the COVID-19 Vaccine Operational Guidelines issued to states for the immunisation drive by the health ministry, the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, and frontline workers and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities based on evolving pandemic situation.