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States can add unscheduled vaccine beneficiaries: Centre
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Features of session scheduling, beneficiary allocation, and allocation of additional beneficiaries at the session site have been “further refined”, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the states.

6.31 lakh get vaccine: Centre flags hesitancy, asks states to engage
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

“The vaccination drive will be further accelerated... Whatever doses of vaccine are made available, we will ensure that they reach maximum beneficiaries. This will be done soon,” said Dr V K Paul, who heads the high-level national expert group on vaccination administration.

Covid vaccines cross 3 lakh; 2 deaths but no link: Ministry
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

In the first of the two cases, Mahipal Singh, a 52-year-old who worked as a wardboy in a government hospital in Moradabad, died on Sunday, a day after he was vaccinated.

Centre flags Tamil Nadu, Kerala for poor vaccine coverage
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Top government sources said that during its review meetings with the states, the Centre has also highlighted two other states -- Punjab and Chhattisgarh – over their “poor coverage” in vaccinating its priority group.

Vaccines off to smooth start, cross 2-lakh mark; dip in active cases
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

On Sunday, only 553 sessions were conducted across the country, with 17,072 beneficiaries being vaccinated, the ministry said.

PM Modi hails scientists for ‘hope in despair’, says must stay vigilant
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

PM Modi urged people not to abandon masks, social distancing and hygiene precautions, saying they have to remain vigilant and their mantra must be “dawai bhi, kadai bhi” (get vaccinated, but take every precaution).

Injecting hope: 1.91 lakh get shots across nation, no post-vaccine complication
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

In phase one of the immunisation exercise, 3 crore people in the priority group of healthcare and frontline workers are to be vaccinated. On Saturday, 3,352 sessions were held, with the target of vaccinating at least 100 people each.

Vaccination against Covid-19 begins in India: First shot at recovery today
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Detailed backend preparations up to the block level have gone into the immunisation drive, taking into account both the experience from India's Universal Immunisation Programme and the booth strategy during elections.

PM Narendra Modi to launch India’s Covid-19 vaccine drive, first list up
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

India Covid-19 vaccine rollout: The Prime Minister’s Office said Narendra Modi will address the sites, where over three crore priority groups will be vaccinated over the next few months, at 10.30 am

Explained: Who will get the Covid-19 vaccine in India, and how?
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: The Health Ministry has communicated a fact-sheet about the two Covid-19 vaccines rolling out on Saturday. Here's all you need to know about exceptions, precautions and possible adverse events.

Government seeks voter data for vaccine drive, EC agrees
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

According to the Government’s blueprint, the vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by those below 50 with associated comorbidities.

Centre to decide share of Serum, Biotech to states
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The official said the state was told that all 8 lakh will receive their first dose.

States can’t choose between vaccines for now: Government
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

As of Tuesday, 54.72 lakh doses of the two vaccines cleared for use by the national regulator had reached vaccine stores across the country, the government said.

Centre will pay for first 3 crore shots: PM Modi to CMs in meeting
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

PM Modi stressed on three critical aspects: ensuring data is uploaded in real time for effective monitoring of beneficiaries; curbing rumours and misinformation; and ensuring effective reporting of adverse events, if any, after vaccination.

January 16 is Vaccination Day One, 3 crore health staff are first in line
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Then over-50 and under-50 with co-morbidities; names to be taken from voter lists

Covid-19 vaccination: Harsh Vardhan reviews dry run details, state ministers offer ideas
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Health ministers of Bihar, Odisha, and Telangana requested the Centre to include elected representatives from all levels in the vaccine priority population.

Rollout countdown: more Covid-19 vaccine storage points, dry runs, extra training
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

On Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said it was prepared to start vaccinating priority groups within days, though the final decision rests with the Centre.

Ready for vaccination within 10 days of approval: Ministry
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

The decision on rolling out India’s biggest adult vaccination drive will, however, be taken by the central government, the Union Health Ministry.

Covaxin back-up, for use if surge, under controls: AIIMS, ICMR heads
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: Unlike the Serum Institute of India's (SII) vaccine Covishield, Covaxin will be used only in 'clinical trial mode', where consent will be taken and side-effects monitored, the heads of AIIMS and ICMR, part of the National Covid-19 task force, told The Indian Express.

Explained: Two Covid-19 vaccines approved in India, what happens now?
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: How do we register for Covid-19 vaccination? Can it be done on spot? What will be the documents that will be required for registration?

Free vaccine for 3 crore healthcare, frontline staff: Health Minister
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

The Minister said the government is still working on details of vaccinating the third priority group — persons above age 50, and persons below age 50 with associated comorbidities.

Covid-19 vaccine dry run lesson: Report adverse events faster
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Sources told The Indian Express that during the first dry run, conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam – in four districts each -- it emerged that pin codes from some villages were not mapped to the Co-Win platform, the flagship digital system that will track the vaccination programme.

Flight ban extended till Jan 7, UK variant found in 20 samples
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Also on Wednesday, the Health Secretary wrote to all Chief Secretaries on the surge of cases being reported in Europe, and on the need to keep a strict vigil during New Year celebrations.

Behind police raid on Mehmood Pracha, trail of a riot victim and a riot accused
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Police, in a report submitted to a Delhi court in August, said that Pracha “called” riot victim Irshad Ali, whose shop had been set on fire during the riots, and told him that Malik was “witness” to the incident and if he attached Malik’s complaint, it would make Ali’s case “stronger”.

Six with UK strain in India; experts say vaccine will remain effective
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

However, experts cautioned that injudicious use of unproven therapies against Covid-19 puts “immune pressure” on the virus, which can lead to mutations.

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