Over 17,000 people were vaccinated across six states on Day 2 of the nationwide coronavirus drive, the Health Ministry said Sunday evening, adding that this takes the total number of people vaccinated so far to around 2.24 lakh.
On Saturday (Day 1) 1.91 lakh people were administered the shots with over 3,000 sites active across India. The Health Ministry said the drop in the number of states carrying out vaccination today was part of a “usual strategy” to avoid clashes with immunisation schedules for other illnesses.
Authorities have given emergency-use approval for two jabs — “Covishield”, a version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and the Indian-made “Covaxin”, which has yet to complete its Phase 3 trials.
Frontline workers such as hospital staff, people over 50 and those deemed to be at high risk due to pre-existing medical conditions are on the shortlist to receive the vaccines.
Meanwhile, the protesting farmers refused to call off their Republic Day tractor rally today, and said the probe by the National Investigation Agency is meant to break their big protest. Today, as the agency summoned 40 people — Including farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa — for questioning in a case related to the banned outfit Sikhs For Justice, farmers alleged that the government has resorted to “atrocities”. The government is opposing the tractor rally legally — the matter will be heard by the Supreme Court tomorrow.
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Australia’s international borders are unlikely to open to travellers this year despite the rollout of coronavirus vaccines, a top health official said Monday.
Health department secretary Brendan Murphy, a key adviser in Australia’s virus response, said free-flowing travel to and from the country was not expected to resume in 2021.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told public broadcaster ABC.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus.
“And it’s likely that quarantine will continue for some time.”
Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan was inoculated against COVID-19 on the second day of the vaccination drive in Trichy on Sunday.
“Both COVID-19 vaccines are safe. I am happy how healthcare workers in the state are responding to vaccination,” Dr Radhakrishnan said while speaking to ANI after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ”Covaxin”.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar visited a government hospital where the health workers were administered the coronavirus vaccine.
“Today, I visited the COVID vaccination site at Government Royapettah Hospital. I saw health workers getting vaccine shots with confidence. There have been no reports of adverse effects from yesterday’s vaccination drive. The Government will strictly deal with disseminating false information about vaccines,” Dr Vijayabaska said in a tweet.
The Health Ministry on Sunday released details of COVID-19 vaccination schedule in all states. It said all big states have been asked to conduct vaccinations on any four days every week, while smaller states like Goa will hold vaccination session on any two days since their population is lesser. However, Uttar Pradesh will inoculate only two days every week.
The Health Ministry in a presentation shared with the media said states and Union Territories were asked to hold COVID-19 vaccination session four days a week to minimise disruption in routine health services. Some states have already publicised their weekly vaccination days.
Over 17,000 people were vaccinated across 553 sites in six states on Day 2 of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive, the Health Ministry said Sunday evening, adding that the number who had received at least one shot was around 2.24 lakh. The six states that conducted vaccinations today were Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu.
On Saturday (Day 1) 1.91 lakh were vaccinated at 3,006 sites across India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide drive. The Health Ministry said the drop in the number of states was meant to avoid clashes with immunisation schedules for other illnesses.
“States/Union Territories were advised to plan COVID vaccination sessions on four days in a week to minimise disruption of Routine Health Services. Today being Sunday only six states conducted vaccination sessions,” Dr Manohar Agnani, Health Ministry Joint Secretary, said.