Coronavirus India Live News Updates: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah also took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. The government had announced last week that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 with comorbidities will be able to get vaccines from March 1, for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, Monday said vaccination will be absolutely free in the state. “Such facility will be made available even at private hospitals, and will be facilitated by the state government,” add Kumar, who took the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as the country opened up the facility for people over 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities as beneficiaries.
Kickstarting the second phase of the immunisation programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too received his first dose of coronavirus vaccine (COVAXIN by Bharat Biotech) at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
In the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to two priority groups: healthcare and frontline workers. While the second phase of vaccination comes at a time when India’s active Covid cases are under control, eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh — have been a cause of concern, reporting an uptick in daily cases in the last two weeks.
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