3 crore health staff are first in line. The Union Health Ministry announced On Saturday, the nationwide vaccination of priority groups will begin January 16 to secure them against Covid-19. Till today, Covid-19 has infected more than 1 crore people and killed nearly 1.5 lakh.
This announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the status of preparedness for the vaccination. After the detailed review, it was decided that in view of the forthcoming festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, the Covid-19 vaccination will start from January 16, 2021.
In the initial phase, priority will be given to an estimated 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers.
Healthcare workers and frontline workers will be followed by those above 50 years of age and those under-50 with co-morbidities — these number around 27 crore, the Health Ministry said.
More than 79 lakh potential vaccine recipients have already been registered on the flagship Co-WIN IT platform, which will provide real-time information of vaccine stocks and will track individual recipients.