Highlights:

  • A letter was written to all the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories urging them to increase their pace of vaccination. 
  • The Government of India has planned to commence its second vaccination drive.
  • In the second phase, the nation will be vaccinating individuals above the age of 50 years.

Yesterday, the Centre has urged the states and Union Territories to increase the speed of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive. Presently, the government of India has planned to commence the vaccination drive for people above the age of 50 years. 

In a letter written by Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, he has ordered all the workers involved in the vaccination drive to increase the number of days designated for inoculation to four days per week. The letter was addressed to all the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories.

“All district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, community health centers, primary health care centers, health and wellness centers should step up their efforts as the nation plans to begin inoculating the elderly population,” he added. The vaccination drive in the nation is said to commence from March 1.

Addressing the medical authorities, Bhushan stated that the medical officials to immediately undertake measures for expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. “I look forward to your continued collaboration in this critical mission of national importance,” he added. In his letter, the Minister highlighted that several healthcare workers are yet to be vaccinated. “The pace of vaccination drive and its coverage needs to be accelerated exponentially to cover all identified beneficiaries in a minimum possible time,” Bhushan said.

Reportedly, there has been a sudden hike in the number of cases in the nation. Both Kerala and Maharashtra have accounted for the maximum number of cases. Yesterday, the government of Maharashtra has announced the complete lockdown of the Amravati district, along with the closure of all the educational institutions in Pune. The government has asked states to refocus their efforts on increased RT-PCR testing and containment of clusters where cases are on the rise.

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