Over 80,000 people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Delhi on Saturday

Andrew Cummings
April 4, 2021

The third phase began on April 1. The vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started on February 2. In the latest phase, everyone over 45 years of age can be vaccinated.

There has been 24 per cent increase in HCWs database in the past few days.

Bhushan asked the states to discourage this practice as it was in violation of the health ministry guidelines.

Meanwhile, Expressing concern over a spike in coronavirus cases, CM Rawat on Friday directed officials to focus on testing and treatment of coronavirus patients besides extending vaccination facilities to rural areas, according to a statement.

The chief minister, who is himself working from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 22, asked officials to ramp up testing in view of the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and make arrangements required for the safety of people during the forthcoming "Char Dham Yatra" season. This decision was taken as some ineligible candidates were getting their names enlisted for coronavirus vaccination in violation of the rules, it said. He said that a month has passed since the deadlines and even after starting vaccination of the population of over 60 years, provisions were made to register and vaccinate all HCWs and FLWs.

"This issue was discussed with State representatives and experts and per recommendation of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) no fresh registration will be allowed in these categories, " Mr. Bhushan said.

These include 83,06,269 healthcare workers (1st dose), 52,84,564 HCWs (2nd dose), 93,53,021 frontline workers (1st dose) and 40,97,634 FLWs (2nd Dose), 97,83,615 (1st Dose) and 39,401 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities and 3,17,05,893 (1st Dose) and 2,18,741 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged more than 60 years, it said.

Rajesh Bhushan said that universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured.

India aims to vaccinate 4 crore people by August, but experts say the pace needs to pick up further to meet the target.

Italy, once the epicentre of Europe's outbreak, has recorded more than 110,000 Covid-19 deaths - second in Europe only to the UK's death toll.

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