Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Saturday that India’s anti-Covid vaccination drive will be expanded to include teens aged 15 to 18, as well as a preventive dosage of vaccination for healthcare and frontline workers, as well as those over 60 with comorbidities.
At 9.45 p.m., Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country, saying that immunizations for teenagers will begin on January 3 and booster doses will be available on January 10.
Interestingly, the PM did not refer to the shots as boosters, instead referring to them as cautionary dosages.
He stated that vaccinations for children aged 15 to 18 years will begin on January 3. On the recommendation of their doctors, those with comorbidities and above 60 years of age will be eligible for precautionary doses starting January 10 next year, he added.
Greeting the nation on Christmas, Prime Minister Modi said it was a fitting day to announce these new measures in India’s fight against Covid-19 because it was also the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
While each country’s experience with the new Omicron variant has been unique, the PM emphasised that individual prudence has been found to be the most successful in reducing viral spread.
“In India, more than 141 crore doses have been administered today, demonstrating the danger of Covid-19.” With the first dosage, more than 90% of the eligible population has been vaccinated… Because of the new Covid version, the number of infections is increasing in several nations throughout the world. “I implore everyone not to worry, but to remain attentive and to wear masks and sanitise their hands on a regular basis,” he said.
“India has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen-supported beds, 1.40 lakh ICU beds, and 90,000 paediatric ICU and non-ICU beds,” he continued. More than 3,000 PSA oxygen plants are operational, and 4 lakh oxygen cylinders have been supplied around the country.”
“Realizing the danger of COVID19, more than 141 crore doses have been administered in India today,” he added. With the first dose of vaccine, more than 90% of the eligible population has been vaccinated.”