Vaccine for all above 45 years from April 1

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The Union Minister said, "The important decision was taken today on the advice of scientists and task force and from April 1, it has been chose to vaccinate people above 45 years of age".

"The second dose has to be between four to eight weeks".

The union cabinet discussed about the vaccination drive which has already achieved speedy and good progress, Javadekar said. "We request that all those who are eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated", Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to Matthew Frierson, communications and outreach specialist for Hamilton Community Health Network.

At present, only citizens who are above 60 and those over 45 with other illnesses are allowed to get vaccination.

In total, Alberta added 692 cases and two deaths on Wednesday. The minister said he was confident that vaccination will increase at a fast pace.

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Another decision taken, on the advice given by scientists and world scientist bodies, was that the second dose of vaccine can be administered between fourth and eighth week, particularly for Covishield, he said.

To a question on cases of COVID-19 rising in some states, he said, the central government is in touch with them and there will be effective management.

"What we need to do in Alberta is up to all of us and the next few weeks really are going to be a measure of how we are all collectively making choices, prioritizing our community, preventing that spread within the current public health measures", Hinshaw said.

He said, "Covid-19 vaccination started in the country from January 16 where health workers and frontline workers were provided priority in availing the facility".

India's total active caseload has been rising after touching its lowest mark in mid-February. The variants of concern have grown to 19 per cent of all active cases in Alberta the province registered another 202 variant cases in the past 24 hours, setting a provincial record.

The first dose administration crossed 4 crore mark on Tuesday (4,06,31,153).

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