COVID-19 Vaccine To Be Allowed For All Above 18 Years Of Age Starting May 1, States Can Procure Directly

INDIA Team Latestly|

Vaccinations will be opened to all above 18 from May 1, the government announced on April 19. This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings over India's response to record daily surges in Covid-19 cases. All adults can get Covid-19 shots & states can buy doses directly from vaccine-makers in the "liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination", the government said. The decision comes on a day the country reported 2.73 lakh new daily cases in the highest spike since the pandemic broke out a year ago. India began inoculating people in January using two Covid-19 vaccines - Serum Institute of India's Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca & Bharat Biotech's made-in-India Covaxin. So far, the government had allowed vaccinations only for health workers, frontline workers & those above 45 in a centrally-controlled process. In his meetings on April 19, PM Modi stressed that vaccination was "the biggest weapon" in the fight against the coronavirus. Watch the video to know more.

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