Begin COVID-19 vaccination of frontline workers from February first week: Centre to states – Times Now

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Key Highlights

  • India has approved Covaxin and Covishield for its COVID-19 vaccination drive.
  • India’s coronavirus national recovery rate was recorded at 96.96 per cent on Jan 29, 2021
  • COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent

New Delhi: Amid a successful COVID-19 vaccination drive, the union health ministry on Friday asked states to begin coronavirus inoculation of frontline workers along with healthcare providers from the first week of February. India launched its coronavirus vaccination program on January 16, 2021. As per the union health ministry’s data, over 33 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far.

In the letter to the states, Health Ministry Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said the database of frontline workers is being updated by states and Union Territories in collaboration with the respective line ministries.

“In this regard, after due consultation with states and UTs, it is advised that the states and UTs shall initiate simultaneous vaccination of frontline workers and healthcare workers from the first week of February,” Agnani said.

“I request you to kindly direct the concerned officials to initiate requisite planning and review for initiating vaccination of frontline workers along with healthcare workers from the first week of February, 2021. Your unstinted support is pre-requisite to achieve the desired acceleration and impact of COVID-19 vaccine drive,” the letter further stated.


The frontline workers are the safai karmacharis, police and paramilitary, home guards, disaster management volunteers and other jawans in civil defence. Notably, the Centre has said that the state governments will not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating three crore health care workers and frontline workers.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved two vaccines — Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin — against COVID infection. The approved vaccines are highly cost-effective in comparison to other vaccines from across the world. The government with the help of Aadhaar, beneficiaries will be identified as well as timely second dosage will be ensured.

During the second stage of vaccination, those above 50 years of age and those below 50 of age with comorbidities or with high risk of infection, will be inoculated.

CoWIN is being used to drive the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the country. The ‘COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network’ application facilitates real time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform assists programme managers across national, state, and district levels while conducting vaccination sessions.

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