The government of India is all set to vaccinate almost one crore health care workers in the first batch of people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Whenever a COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for usage in India, it will be aimed at covering the one crore healthcare workers in India. This batch will be followed by almost two crore frontline workers, including police, security personnel, municipal workers, and other essential workers. The government issued its statement on Friday.
In the third batch of vaccinating the people, the government plans to include twenty-seven crore, senior citizens. The details regarding the mass immunization were shared by the Union Health Ministry during the all-party meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on 4th December.
In the meanwhile, healthcare workers have started to enroll themselves for priority vaccination. The government of India has instructed all the healthcare facilities, including institutions, nursing homes, OPD clinics, to send in the names of their staff.
The government has instructed the healthcare facilities to send in the names of their healthcare workers by 5th December. This instruction is applicable to both private and government healthcare facilities.
While chairing the all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the experts believe that it will not be long before an effective vaccination against COVID-19 will be developed. The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to get ready in a few weeks. He furthermore affirmed that mass vaccination in India will not start until the scientists give their approval.
While expressing concern over the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they don’t know what shape the future will take as he called for strict adhering to ‘proven weapons’ like use of masks at all times, maintaining appropriate social distancing and following all the other preventive measures to keep the virus in check.