Seeking to expand the countrywide anti-coronavirus inoculation drive, the Centre has decided to keep all public and private sector COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays.
The Centre wrote to all states and union territories on Thursday and asked them to make necessary arrangements for this, the Union Health Ministry said.
“This step has been taken after detailed deliberations with the states and UTs on March 31 to optimally utilize all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres across the public and private sectors to ensure a rapid increase in the pace and coverage of COVID vaccination. This decision is in line with the graded and pro-active approach employed by the government of India along with the states and UTs for COVID-19 vaccination,” the ministry said.
The vaccination exercise continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, it highlighted.
The government opened up the COVID-19 vaccination drive to include everybody above 45 years of age on April 1 based on a recommendation of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration (NEGVAC).
Currently, the rapid increase in daily active cases in the country has triggered a fear of a new wave. On Thursday, India reported 72,330 fresh Covid-19 Cases in many states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Chattisgarh which have cumulatively accounted for 79 percent of the total active cases in the country. It is the biggest daily surge in Covid cases since early October. These states have continued to witness an exponential rise in coronavirus cases in the past 20 days.