Mumbai: As the country awaits the launch of an effective coronavirus vaccine, the Narendra Modi government is preparing for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program, which is expected to begin by the first quarter of 2021.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the Centre’s aim is to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to almost 30 crore Indians by August-September 2021.
A plan has been prepared by the expert group for this task.
Till now, the following four categories have been mainly identified:
1 crore healthcare professionals: the category includes doctors, nurses, ASHA workers, and MBBS students.
2 crore frontline workers: police personnel, armed forces personnel, and municipal corporations comprise the group.
26 crore people aged above 50: People aged above 50 will be a priority group because they are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
1 crore special category people: People aged below 50 but with co-morbidities will be a part of this group.
Currently, under the Universal Immunization Program (UIP), vaccine delivery is based on the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system.
“States have been asked to recruit by priority population groups in mid-November. News agency PTI quoted a source as saying that every person on the vaccination list would be linked to their Aadhaar card so that they could be tracked. However, in case a person doesn’t have an Aadhaar card, he/she can use any government-issued photo identity card.
Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 caseload reached 84,62,080 with 50,356 infections reported a day, while the number of people suffering from the disease rose from 78 percent to 92.41 percent pushing the national recovery rate.