The second phase of vaccination against COVID-19 has begun within the country from today. People over 60 years of age and those suffering from serious illness will be vaccinated at this stage. Launching this second phase of vaccination, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the AIIMS Hospital in Delhi and took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also appealed to all the vaccine-eligible people to reach and avail the vaccine as soon as possible.
Apart from Prime Minister Modi, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Whereas, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that he will be taking the first dose of vaccine tomorrow.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for free at about 10 thousand government centres/hospitals. Furthermore, from now, people will be able to get vaccinated in private hospitals. The vaccine will be available at about 250 private hospitals at ₹250/dose.
Preparation for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination is in full swing within the country. In Delhi, both free(Government) as well as paid(Private) vaccination has begun for senior citizens and people above the age of 45 and suffering from serious diseases. Whereas, the Bihar government has announced that it will bear the entire expense of COVID-19 vaccination within the state. The decision was taken in a meeting headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
On the other hand, the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has also commenced in Madhya Pradesh. The state’s Medical Education Minister oversaw the entire procedure at the Gandhi Medical College located in Bhopal. In Maharashtra, people arrived at the BKC Jumbo COVID-19 Hospital in Mumbai to avail the vaccine.