All those above 45 years of age can get vaccinated from April 1: Javadekar

"We request that all eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated," the Union Minister said at a press conference.

Published: 23rd March 2021 03:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2021 08:22 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI:  The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved Covid-19 vaccination for all citizens above 45 years across the country beginning April 1, adding an estimated 18-19 crore people to the beneficiary list. 

By expanding the ambit, about 30% of the India’s 1.3 billion population can expect to shield themselves against the pandemic. The vaccines can be taken free of cost in government hospitals or by paying `250 per dose in private facilities. 

“I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to register for vaccination,” Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said after the Cabinet meeting. “This decision has been taken by the Cabinet on the basis of the advice of the coronavirus task force and experts,” he said, assuring there is enough supply of vaccine to ensure immunisation of all eligible beneficiaries.  

The expansion of the vaccination drive comes in wake of what looks like a second wave of the pandemic in several states with chief ministers of Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab, asking the Centre to let all above 40 or 45 years take the jab.  So far, nearly 4.85 crore  across categories have got the shots, of whom 80 lakh have completed the two-dose regimen. 


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