Citizens above 60 years will begin their vaccination soon and those above 45 years may have to wait a little longer. People aged above 60 years and those with other serious illnesses that increase their vulnerability to the corona-virus will be allowed to self-register and choose where they want to get vaccinated for Covid-19 from March 1st 2021, the Union Cabinet decided.
The decision marks a significant opening up of the vaccination drive, with the roll-out for the general public being moved up from the previously estimated window of mid-March, and comes at a time when the country is on the brink of a second wave of infections.
The second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive will start from 1st March 2021 in which anybody above 60 years and 45 years plus with co-morbidities will be given vaccines in 10,000 government medical facilities and also over 20,000 private hospitals,” said information and broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. The doses at the government centers will be free. Private hospitals will be allowed to charge for them, but the rate will be fixed and announced by the government at a later date. This is the first time the private sector will be actively involved in administering vaccines, and doses will be available to eligible people who are willing to pay.