Mumbai: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday that vaccination against COVID-19 will now be done 24 hours, seven days a week.
He said that the time taken to vaccinate earlier has now been taken away to increase the speed of administration of the vaccine.
Furthermore, he commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the move, saying that along with being concerned about the health of the citizens of the country, the Prime Minister also understood the value of his time.
Taking to Twitter, the health minister said in Hindi: “The government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. People can now get vaccinated 24×7 according to their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens.”
सरकार ने #vaccination की रफ़्तार बढ़ाने के लिए समय की बाध्यता समाप्त कर दी है। देश के नागरिक अब 24×7अपनी सुविधानुसार टीका लगवा सकते हैं।
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 3, 2021
On Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told in a press conference that the period of vaccination of beneficiaries has been ended from 9 am to 5 pm. He also said that hospitals can decide whether they want to continue vaccinations or not.
“Co-WIN 2.0 does not provide a 9 am-5 pm vaccination session. It has done away with that timeline. If a hospital has the capacity, the system is allowed to vaccinate even after 5 pm after consultation with the state government gives. This has been briefed both to the state governments as well as the private and government hospitals,” he said.