- The second dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to healthcare workers from February 13.
- 45,93,427 beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
THDNewsDesk, New Delhi: On Thursday, the Centre stated, the second dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine will be distributed to healthcare workers from February 13. It highlighted that 45 per cent of them had been vaccinated so far.
On Thursday, Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary stated 45,93,427 beneficiaries had been vaccinated against COVID-19 till 1.30 PM.
The states and Union Territories that have achieved the first dose of vaccination for 50 per cent or more of their healthcare workers are-
- Madhya Pradesh,
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
- Himachal Pradesh,
- Uttar Pradesh.
The states and UTs that have currently covered 30 per cent or less of healthcare workers in the COVID immunisation drive are-
- Tamil Nadu,
- Jammu and Kashmir,
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli,
He further stated that the Union Health Ministry instructs these states over video-conferences and meetings about improving the immunisation coverage.
Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog member (Health) stated, “The second dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine will be administered to healthcare workers from February 13. Also, 45 per cent of targeted healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far, and by tomorrow almost half of the healthcare workers would be inoculated.”
In the COVID-19 immunization drive, 5,912 public health care centres and 1,239 private facilities are being used as vaccination session sites, he said.
Mr Bhushan stated, “As we proceed, we would involve the private healthcare sector in a much larger extent.”
When asked about the availability of these vaccines for the general public and senior citizens, Mr Bhushan stated, “Very soon. We have started frontline workers from February 3. Once this wave also stabilises, we will come to 50 years plus population. It will happen shortly.”