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Government Announces Free Covid-19 Vaccination Starting March 1 For Those Over 60 Years Old | India News

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The Union government announced this Wednesday that people over 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities will be vaccinated free of charge in government centers as of March 1.
However, those who wish to be vaccinated in private hospitals will have to pay. The Union Ministry of Health will decide how much they would have to pay within three to four days, as they are in talks with manufacturers and hospitals, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced.
He added that people will be vaccinated in 10,000 government vaccination centers and more than 20,000 private ones.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of February 24, vaccination coverage was 1,21,65,598 through 2,54,356 sessions. These include 64,98,300 TS (first dose), 13,98,400 TS (second dose), and 42,68,898 PDA (first dose).
On day 39 of the vaccination campaign, 4,20,046 doses of vaccine were administered. Of which, 2,79,823 beneficiaries were vaccinated in 9,479 sessions for the first dose (TS and PDA) and 1,40,223 TS received the second dose of vaccine.
Of the total of 1,21,65,598 doses of vaccine, 1,07,67,198 (TS and PDA) have received the first dose of vaccine and a total of 13,98,400 TS have received the second dose of vaccine.
Meanwhile, 12 states and Union territories have managed more than 75 percent of registered health workers. These are Bihar, Tripura, Odisha, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, UP, and Rajasthan.
“Ten states / UT have vaccinated more than 60 percent of registered PDAs. These are Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Rajasthan, Lakshadweep, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, ”said the Ministry of Health.
India recorded 13,742 new daily cases in the last 24 hours and 14,037 recoveries, leading to a net decrease of 399 cases in total active cases. India’s cumulative recoveries today stand at 1.07.26.702. The recovery rate is 97.25%.
(With contributions from agencies)

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