Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers of all states ahead of the massive COVID-19 vaccination drive, which is scheduled to start from January 16. Before confirming that over 3 crore people will be vaccinated in the first phase, he announced that healthcare workers will be vaccinated free of cost.
During the virtual meet, PM Modi told the Chief Ministers, “I’m satisfied that we worked together by standing united in COVID crisis, quick decisions were taken with full sensitivity. As a result, COVID has not spread in India on the scale, on which it spread anywhere else in the world.”
Before iterating that two ‘Made in India’ vaccines have been granted approval for emergency use, PM Modi confirmed that India will start the world’s largest vaccination programme from January 16.
Prime Minister said that health workers – govt as well as private – will be vaccinated first of all. Sanitation workers, other frontline workers, defence forces, Police and other paramilitary forces will also be vaccinated in the first phase.
In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated, confirmed PM Modi. The government is planning to vaccinate over 30 crore people in the next few months.
PM Modi then announced, “If you look at the number of health and frontline workers across all states, it stands at around three crore. It has been decided that state governments will not have to bear the expenses of vaccination of these 3 crore people in the first phase. Govt of India will bear these expenses.”