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The COVID-19 vaccination drive in India will begin on January 16, with priority being given to an estimated three crore healthcare workers and frontline workers.
- This would followed by the voluntary vaccination of people above 50 and those below 50 with co-morbidities, numbering around 27 crore.
- The Ministry, in a release, said the Drugs Controller General of India had granted Emergency Use Authorisation to two vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin.
- The vaccination exercise will use the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari), experience of elections (booth strategy) and Universal Immunisation Programme.
- There will be no compromise of existing healthcare services, especially national programmes and primary healthcare. We aim for it to be an orderly and smooth implementation driven by technology.
- It added that the platform would assist the programme managers across all levels through automated session allocation for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification and for generating a digital certificate upon successful completion of the vaccine schedule.
- More than 79 lakh beneficiaries have been already registered on the platform.
- After the detailed review, it was decided that in view of the forthcoming festivals the vaccination will start following the festivals.