The Indian government will conduct the Covid-19 vaccination next week, with health secretary Rajesh Bhushan saying this was set to happen within 10 days of emergency use authorization being granted. The Indian regulator granted the EUA on January 3.
Medical forces and government are all set to conduct a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination on 13 January. This is the first time the government has officially spoken of a schedule for launch of the much-awaited vaccination drive, which will simultaneously begin across the country to initially inoculate three crore healthcare and frontline workers.
The government has already uploaded data related to these recipients on Co-WIN- the IT platform that will be used extensively to implement the immunization programme against COVID-19. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Wardhan has already declared that the vaccine to provide vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers without any charge.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “The COVID Frontline workers don’t have to register for the vaccination process. Also we are ready to start the procedure in ten days. Just we are waiting for the final decision by government.”
Restricted emergency use authorization has been granted to Pune-based Serum Institute of India for Covishield, and Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech that has developed Covaxin in collaboration of ICMR.