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PM Modi to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that the Covid-19 vaccination drive-set to begin at 3,006 designated centres across states- will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10.30 AM on Saturday.

Over 3,000 session sites across the country, will be virtually connected during the launch, the statement mentioned. “A total of 3006 session sites across all States and UTs will be virtually connected during the launch. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day,” PMO said.

The vaccination programme will use Co-WIN, an online digital platform developed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which will facilitate real time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform will assist programme managers across all levels while conducting vaccination sessions.

This digital platform will assist programme managers across all levels while conducting vaccination sessions, the PMO said.

The full initial procurement of 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin– has been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare workers database.

“Therefore, there is no question of discrimination against any state in the allocation of vaccination doses. This is an initial lot of supply of vaccine doses and would be continuously replenished in the weeks to come. Therefore, any apprehension being expressed on account of deficient supply is totally baseless and unfounded,” the ministry said.

India earlier gave nod to emergency use of two indigenous COVID-19 vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech. Most of the states have received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. “Adequate doses of both Covishield and Covaxin have already been delivered across the country to all States/UTs with the active support of the ministry of civil aviation,” PMO said. “These have been further delivered by the State/UT governments to the districts,” it mentioned.

“All preparations are in place to initiate the programme on the principles of Jan Bhagidari,” PMO added.

-Davinder singh, NMTV News


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