30 MILLION FRONTLINE WORKERS TO FIRST RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE IN INDIA
As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine continues around the world, India too is chalking out its strategies for the roll-out of it once they are cleared by the relevant medical bodies.
Like in other countries where the vaccine trials are going on India too will be vaccinating the frontline health workers first.
According to Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, about 30 million frontline healthcare workers will be the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in India.
Frontline workers a priority
Bhushan told Hindustan Times that the 30 million include 7 million doctors and paramedics, in addition to 20 million other frontline health workers.
He also said that the first phase of vaccination has been tentatively scheduled between January and July 2021.
“The expert committee on vaccine has been working on a draft prioritisation plan of the number of people to be vaccinated to the number of doses of vaccine that would be available from early January-July next year,” he said in a briefing.
On Tuesday, during his televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that government will ensure that the COVID-19 vaccine, whenever available, reaches every Indian as soon as possible.