With the whole world battling the Corona epidemic and eagerly awaiting vaccinations, the wait for vaccinations is now over. An important and big decision has been taken in the high level meeting of PM Modi held today regarding vaccination.

India will launch its vaccination drive against Covid-19 on January 16 after the forthcoming festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Magh Bihu at a time when India’s infections are low as compared to several nations witnessing fresh spikes.
The decision on the roll-out date was taken at a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to review the status of Covid-19 in the country and preparedness of states and Union territories for the massive vaccination programme that in its first phase targets 30 crore people.

“Everything is in line. We are hoping to vaccinate a few lakh people across several thousand sites on the first day itself,” an official said, adding stocks will reach four major depots soon after the supply order is signed.

Sources said the health ministry is set to sign the supply order with the first tranche of 10 crore doses funded through PM-Cares Fund. “Though bulk of the order will be for Covishield (developed by Oxford University-Astra Zeneca), the government is also likely to buy some stocks of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech,” an official said.

Initially, around three crore healthcare and frontline workers will be innoculated, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population with co-morbidities, estimated at around 27 crore.
The vaccination programme might also be ramped up, depending on status of the infection spread and supply of vaccine.

On January 3, the drug regulator granted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – both being manufactured in India by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech, respectively.

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The biggest news about vaccinations has come across the country. PM Modi's high-level meeting has taken an important decision regarding vaccination that vaccination will start in the country from January 16. Vaccination will start from January 16 in 3 phases. The first 30 million health workers and front line workers will be vaccinated and the first 5 minutes of vaccination information and its effects will be explained.