Covid vaccination for all above 45 years begins today

The COVID-19 vaccination opens this morning for everyone aged above 45 years irrespective of comorbidity. Our correspondent reports the cut-off date for the 45-plus years category is those persons born before 1st January 1977.

Experts have appealed citizens to get vaccinated. NITI Aayog Member and Chairman of National COVID-19 Task Force, Dr V K Paul has appealed to people above 45 years of age to get vaccinated without hesitation.

The Centre has asked the States and Union Territories to maintain vaccine wastage at less than one percent. The states have also been directed to ensure timely utilization of available stocks to avoid expiry of vaccines. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan yesterday held a review meeting with all States and Union Territories on the COVID-19 vaccination drive and preparations. The meeting focused on the identification of low vaccine coverage pockets particularly in districts showing COVID surge and for taking corrective actions there.

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