India First Nationwide Covid Vaccination Drive Starting 16th January 2021


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now ready to launch India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive across the nation through a video conference session and sufficient doses of the vaccine on January 16. The vaccine, which was made in India, is sent out to all states and all other Union Territories.

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This will be the world’s first and largest COVID-19 vaccination drive ever, and every area of the country is to be covered during this program to initiate “Jan Bhagidari”, as reported by the PMO on Thursday.

Healthcare workers will be the first to receive this vaccine, and the Prime Minister is set to interact with them via a video conference across the country.

The vaccines will be given as per the priority groups, as said in the statement given by the PMO. Workers from the healthcare sector are it public, private, or even Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) will be some of the first to be vaccinated. 

The companies that have created the vaccines are Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute, which have released Covaxin and Covishield respectively. Covishield has received its approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) and has reserved Covaxin for restricted emergency use.

The vaccinations were delivered to all states and UTs with help from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and further distributed in every district as well. CoWIN App: Going to Be First India’s Official Vaccine App For COVID-19

In order to release information about the vaccines, the government has decided to use Co-WIN. It is a platform developed by the Union Health Ministry to help facilitate information about the vaccine stocks, storage temperature, and beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccination drive. A 24×7 call center has also been created – 1075 which can be contacted for all queries regarding the vaccination drive, and the pandemic. 

The Union Health Ministry’s statement regarding this situation is, “The massive countrywide COVID-19 drive will be rolled out by the Prime Minister on January 16.Strict Guidelines for Travelers Arriving in Delhi From The UK -Arvind Kejriwal

Therefore, it has been decided by the Ministry of Health in consultation with the office of the President of India to reschedule the Polio vaccination day, also known as the National Immunisation Day or ‘Polio Ravivar’ to 31st January”. 

Nearly 1.65 crore vaccine doses have been distributed across all States and UTs. There is not bound to be any discrimination regarding the vaccination now as it’ll be available to everyone. The doses will be continuously manufactured and distributed till every citizen is vaccinated.

The States are advised to waste or reserve less than 10% of the doses daily and are also asked to increase the number of healthcare operational sites where people will be vaccinated. The priority list of groups to be vaccinated are healthcare workers, frontline workers, people above the age of 50, and finally the people below the age of 50. 

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