Covid Update, India : Government announces vaccination for all above 18 years from May 1

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In order to ramp up the coronavirus vaccination drive in the country, the Indian government on Monday announced a “liberalised and accelerated” Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from May 1.

Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get the covid 19 vaccine, said the government.

The announcement comes after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where it was noted that the “government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible of time.”

He added, “India is vaccinating people at world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum.”

In this phase, the government pointed out that pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines are being made flexible. All stakeholders are given the flexibility to customise to local needs.

India has administered over 12.38 crore covid doses, even as the number of daily cases breached the 2.7 lakh mark, forcing states to impose local lockdowns and weekend curfews.

Source: Livemint

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