The country started Corona Vaccination for all people above 45 years of age from April 1. The government then expanded the vaccination campaign by allowing vaccination to all people above the age of 18 from May 1.
Corona Vaccination. (File Photo: PTI)
So far, more than 134.53 crore doses of COVID-19 Vaccine have been applied in the country. This information was given by the Union Health Ministry. The ministry said that more than 62,17,862 vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Tuesday and the number of daily vaccinations is expected to increase with the compilation of the final report by late night. The nation-wide vaccination drive was started from January 16 with healthcare workers being vaccinated in the first phase.
After this, the vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. The next phase of vaccination started from March 1 for people above 60 years of age and people of 45 years and above suffering from other diseases. The country started vaccination for all people above 45 years of age from April 1. The government then expanded the vaccination campaign by allowing vaccination to all people above the age of 18 from May 1.
‘Our priority is to give both doses to the entire population’- Center
At the same time, on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court heard a petition seeking a booster dose for people who have had both doses of the Coronavirus Vaccine. During this, the Central Government filed a short affidavit in the High Court. In the file affidavit on behalf of Ram Kesh, deputy director of the Defense Department of the Union Health Ministry, it was said that the priority of the government is to give both doses of the vaccine to the entire population of the country.
‘No guidelines for giving booster doses to vaccinated people’
The government said in the High Court that two expert bodies on the matter of booster dose, NTAGI and NEGGVAC, are considering its scientific evidence. After this, the schedule of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be considered as the need and justification for the booster dose. The government also informed the court that at present there are no guidelines for giving booster doses to fully vaccinated people. It said that our priority at this time is to administer both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the entire eligible population.