In what has been termed as a “significant” step to “exponentially” expand the countrywide vaccination drive, the government has decided to operationalise both public and private sector COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) on all days of the month of April.
The union government has written to all states and UTs today and asked them to make necessary arrangements to provide Covid vaccination in these CVCs on all days of the month, including gazetted holidays during April 2021.
“This step has been taken after detailed deliberations with the states and UTs on 31 March 2021 to optimally utilise all Covid Vaccination Centres across the public and private sectors to ensure a rapid increase in the pace and coverage of Covid vaccination. This decision is in line with the graded and pro-active approach employed by the Government of India along with the states and UTs for Covid-19 vaccination,” a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) press statement reads.
The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from Covid-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. The Government had already decided to start Covid-19 vaccination of all people above 45 years of age from 1 April 2021 based on the recommendation of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration or NEGVAC, MoHFW added.