Union govt marks 30 crore people for Covid vaccine

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that the government has marked 30 crore Indians for the large-scale immunisation of Covid-19 vaccine after it gets the necessary approval.

The ministry said that the national expert group on vaccine administration has recommended 30 crore Indians to receive the vaccine shots first.

The figures include 1 crore healthcare workers, 2 crore frontline workers and 27 crore general population falling in priority groups set by the expert group.

“One crore healthcare providers and workers in the healthcare settings, both government and private, 2 crore personnel from state and Central police departments, armed forces, home guard and civil defence organisations, including disaster management volunteers and municipal workers, and 27 crore persons above the age of 50 years and people below 50 years with associated comorbidities are recommended by the national expert group on vaccine administration to be vaccinated on priority,” said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

Bhushan said that the Centre is carrying preparatory activities for the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with all the states and Union Territories.