Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Monday the center had prioritized 30 million people for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.
Talk to the news agency ANIHe said: “After consulting with experts, we have prioritized 30 million people for the COVID vaccine. This includes health workers, frontline workers such as the police, military and plumbing personnel, those over 50 and those under 50 who suffer from certain diseases “.
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Regarding the voluntary vaccination against Covid-19, the health minister said the government was trying to get everyone on the priority list to take the vaccine. “We’re going to address the vaccine reluctance issue. But if someone chooses not to take it, we can’t force them,” said Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
In the meantime, Dr. Harsh Vardhan that people in India could get a Covid-19 vaccine in January.
“Our first priority was the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We do not want to compromise on this. Personally, I think we can be able to give people the first Covid vaccine in India every week of January,” added Vardhan quoted.
India starts voluntary Covid vaccination
The central government had previously announced that it could start voluntary vaccination against Covis-19 soon as it is considering approval for emergency use for three vaccine candidates, including those from AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has also applied for an emergency permit.
“The Indian government is aiming to bring a vaccine against COVID-19 to the market soon,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a public opinion.
“Vaccination against COVID-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to obtain the full schedule for COVID-19 vaccination.”
It added that those infected with the killer virus should also be vaccinated.
India recorded 26,624 cases of new coronavirus, 29,690 recoveries and 341 deaths on Sunday.