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Start Covid-19 vaccination of frontline workers from the first week of February: Center to the states | India News


NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Friday called on all states and territories in the union to begin vaccinating frontline workers against Covid-19 beginning the first week of February.
Vaccination of health care providers that began on January 16 will continue simultaneously, the ministry said in a letter to the states and union territories (UT).
In the letter, the additional secretary of the Ministry of Health, Manohar Agnani, said that the states and UT are updating the database of frontline workers in collaboration with the respective line ministries.
As on the date, the database of more than 61 lakh of frontline workers was uploaded to the Co-WIN portal.
“In this regard, after due consultation with the states and UT, it is advised that the states and UT start the simultaneous vaccination of frontline workers and health workers from the first week of February,” Agnani said.
A COVID-19 vaccination campaign across India started on January 16 aims to cover frontline and healthcare workers in the initial phase.
As of 8 a.m. on Friday, 29,28,053 beneficiaries have received vaccines against the coronavirus in the framework of the vaccination exercise throughout the country.
The letter mentions that the required doses of both vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, have been assigned to the states and UT and that further increases will be made through subsequent releases.
States and UT should ensure that sessions are created for both type of vaccines in proportion to the release of vaccines to the state, where applicable, the letter says.
“I ask that you kindly instruct the officials concerned to initiate the planning and review necessary to initiate the vaccination of frontline workers together with health workers from the first week of February 2021. Your support Unconditional is a prerequisite for achieving the desired acceleration and impact of the Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign, “the letter read.

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