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Vaccination for all aged 45 and above starting April 1, says Centre

New Delhi, March 23 People who are 45 and older can be vaccinated from April 1, the government said today, ramping up the nationwide inoculation drive at a time Covid cases have surged in many states. “I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to register for vaccination,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, announcing the expansion of the drive that started in January. At present, only citizens who are above 60 and those over 45 with other illnesses are allowed to get vaccination. “This decision has been taken by cabinet on the basis of the advice of the coronavirus Task Force and experts,” said Javadekar. According to the minister, 4.85 crore people have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 80 lakh have received the second dose. On the centre’s letter to states yesterday to increase the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – developed by Oxford-Astrazeneca – Javadekar said doctors would prescribe the right time for the second dose. “The second dose has to be between four to eight weeks. Doctors will decide when it is best to take the second shot,” the Union Minister said.
(Story sourced through agencies.)

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