All those above 45 can get vaccinated against Covid from April 1: Government of India

The government on Tuesday said that all those above the age of 45 years can get vaccinated against Covid-19 starting April 1.

All those above 45 can get vaccinated against Covid from April 1: Government of India
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The government on Tuesday said that all those above the age of 45 years can get vaccinated against Covid-19 starting April 1. So far, besides healthcare and frontline workers, only those above 60 and those over 45 with specific comorbid conditions were eligible for vaccine jabs.

The government's decision to expand the vaccination drive comes at a time when India is witnessing a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

It has been decided that from April 1, the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age. We request that all those who are eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated," Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

Officially, India is witnessing the second wave of coronavirus. Days after health experts and some officials spoke about it, on Wednesday, the confirmation of the second wave came from the highest office of the Modi government with the Prime Minister himself stating it. During an important, critical virtual meet with all Chief Ministers, PM Modi said that it was necessary to stop the ‘emerging second wave’ of the coronavirus. From ramping up the vaccination to increasing the RT-PCR testing (instead of antigen testing), PM Modi told the states to do whatever necessary to halt this viral surge.

PM Modi also said that the states should focus on smaller towns as these places remain under the radar and can lead to an ‘outbreak-like situation.’ The meeting was not attended by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. While Didi reportedly conveyed that she was skipping the meet due to some pre-scheduled appointments. No message was released by the Baghel administration. Interestingly, Didi di raise the issue of ‘free corona vaccine’ at a poll rally in Bengal. It coincided with the PM’s Covid meet.

So big question is – will the total lockdown return? That only time will tell. PM Modi has clearly stated that there is no need to panic the citizens and mask discipline should come from within. However, he has asked the states to take whatever steps necessary.

Maharashtra‘s State Surveillance Office Dr Pradip Awate told the Indian Express on March 16 that it is in fact true that the entire nation is experiencing the second wave.

Maharashtra is has reported over 15,000 cases daily in March. State capital Mumbai is already in the danger zone with over 1,000 new infections being recorded on daily basis. Pune has also seen the surge. Nagpur became the first city to impose a total lockdown in 2021. The fact remains that while opening up of the economic activities may have helped the businesses in covering up the losses of 2020, the ground reality is that lack of mask discipline and zero social distancing have put people in the dangerous zone of high infection groups. Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been backed by the WHO as safe. With global powers jostling for their share of the corona vaccine stockpile, here’s our live blog with all the freshest, official developments on corona lockdowns, curfews and other related news.