COVID-19 Vaccination: Free vaccines to senior citizens, those above 45 with co-morbidities in 3rd phase from March 1

COVID-19 Vaccination: Free vaccines to senior citizens, those above 45 with co-morbidities in 3rd phase from March 1

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 03:41 PM IST
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A medic administers the first dose of Covaxin vaccine to a frontline worker, during an COVID-19 inoculation drive, at Sanjeevan Hospital in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. | PTI

New Delhi: The third phase of COVID-19 vaccination for people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will commence on March 1, the Central government announced on Wednesday.

The third phase of vaccination, to be done at 10,000 government and over 20,000 private centres, is likely to cover over 27 crore people.

The vaccine will be given free of cost at govt centres, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The vaccination drive in India began on 16 January, starting with healthcare workers and then the frontline workers, both estimated to be around 3 crore.

As on February 24, 2021, the vaccination coverage was 1,21,65,598 through 2,54,356 sessions, as per the provisional report shared by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.

Out of total 1,21,65,598 vaccine doses, 1,07,67,198 (HCWs and FLWs) have received 1st dose of vaccine and total 13,98,400 HCWs have received the 2nd dose of vaccine.

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