COVID-19 vax drive from Jan 16

COVID-19 vax drive from Jan 16
NEW DELHI, JAN 9 | Publish Date: 1/9/2021 11:52:30 AM IST

India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation programme with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

The decision, the government said on Saturday, was taken at a high-level meeting where Modi reviewed the status of COVID-19 and vaccine preparedness across states and union territories.

“After the detailed review, it was decided that in view of the forthcoming festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu etc, the COVID-19 vaccination will start from 16th January 2021,” it said.

After healthcare and frontline workers, priority will be given to those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, together numbering around 27 crore, a government statement said.

Later, Modi tweeted that India will take a landmark step forward in fighting COVID-19 on January 16. “Starting that day, India’s nationwide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis (sanitation workers,” the prime minister said.

India had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines, Oxford’s Covishield being manufactured by Serum Institute in India and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Both vaccines, the statement from the Health Ministry said, have established safety and immunogenicity.

In the review meeting, Modi was also briefed about the Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system, a unique digital platform that will provide real-time information of vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine.

1206 session sites identified in State

DIMAPUR, JAN 9 (NPN): The State government has identified 1,206 session sites for the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state.

Health & Family Welfare department informed that 19,690 health workers have registered for vaccination in the first phase.

As vaccines come nearer to the general population, the department asserted that there was no room for complacency and called for reinforcing COVID-19 appropriate behaviors.

COVID tally 11975

Nagaland COVID-19 tally rose to 11975 after 11 new cases were reported-- 7 in Dimapur, 2 each in Kohima and Mokokchung.

In its weekly bulletin released on Saturday, the Health department stated that symptomatic cases were steadily increasing in the State even though there was a decline in positivity rate.

Symptomatic cases among active cases increased from 1% in July 2020 to 24% as of this week. There has also been a slight increase in the mortality rate to 0.61% this week, it added. 

The department cautioned that “high percentage of symptomatic cases points to undetected asymptomatic cases in the community.”

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