Amid Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Third Phase Of Vaccination Drive Begins In India

On March 1 the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination started for the ones who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country, the third phase of the vaccination process for all above the age of 45 years has begun across the country on Thursday.

According to the health ministry, advance appointments for vaccination can be booked through http://cowin.gov.in, or one can visit their nearest vaccination center after 3 PM and get on-site registration done.

Meanwhile, the country has been witnessing a second wave of COVID-19 infections with over 72,000 new coronavirus cases and 459 related deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

The Centre has already warned that the situation is going from “bad to worse” and urged states to achieve 100 percent vaccination coverage of those above the age of 45 years in all the districts within the next two weeks.

India had started the COVID-19 vaccination drive On January 16 with two vaccines, Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).

In the first phase, healthcare workers were the ones who were administered the vaccine. While the vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started on February 2.

On March 1 the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination started for the ones who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The health ministry has informed, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 6.43 crore.

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