The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in India will begin from March 1 in which people aged above 60 and those aged above 45 with comorbidities will be vaccinated, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.
Despite the news headlining across social media, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor posed a question around the vaccine on her social media accounts.
Kapoor wrote, “Can anyone explain to me how can our grandparents or parents get vaccinated in India and when is it available? I'm very confused? Hearing different things from everyone. I'd really like for them to get it.”
However, the actress was brutally trolled for this. Many advised her to visit government sites or read news, while others shared the announcement made by Javadekar.
One user wrote, “LOL you don't have Google in phone?”
“When you hear different things from everyone, you post it on twitter to hear different things from everyone?” added another.
Another commented, “You guys are very well privileged enough to get it very early than the general public.”
U have to read newspaper.....and be educated abt govt plans,” wrote one user.
On Wednesday, addressing a press conference after the Union Cabinet meeting, Javadekar said that those who would take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay from their own pocket.
"The second phase of vaccination from March 1 in which people aged above 60 and those aged above 45 with comorbidities will be vaccinated at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private vaccination centres. The vaccine will be given free of cost at government centres," Javadekar said.
"Those who take the vaccine at private centres will have to pay. The amount will be decided by the health ministry within the next 3-4 days as they are in discussion with manufacturers and hospitals."
The Union Minister said 1,07,67,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in the first phase of vaccination, which began on January 16.
"14 lakh people have received a second dose as well. In the first phase, healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated, and the expenditure was borne by the government," Javadekar said.
India has reported 13,742 new cases of coronavirus and 104 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India stands at 1,10,30,176 and the active cases tally is 1,46,907.
While as many as 1,56,567 deaths have been reported, a total of 1,07,26,702 people have been discharged.