From March 1, the eligibility criteria was expanded to include people over 60 and those who are between 45 and 59 but have other illnesses. He said there had been a 24% increase in the database of healthcare workers on the CoWin portal in the past few days.
These periods are in addition to Friday, April 1 to Saturday, April 2, when health officials reported 1,018 cases, and from April 2 and 3, they reported 1,072 cases.
India launched vaccination for all people aged 45 and above from April 1.
Sharma said that the Centre should remove the age limit for Covid-19 vaccination so that the spread of the infection can be prevented by vaccinating more people in a short time.
Bhushan asked the states to discourage this practice as it was in violation of the health ministry guidelines. "It is more important than ever to stay on track with our vaccination programs, continue to use all our layers of protection all the time and follow the provincial health orders and guidelines", provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint media statement.
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Government officials were not immediately available for comment. "Its a very sad and unfortunate turn", he added. "The official media is totally silent and we know that there is much more to the story that we are not seeing".
In the letter, Bhushan said that the timeline for completion of vaccination for all in the priority group was fixed at February 25 for HCWs and March 6 for FLWs. "However, universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured at the earliest", he added.
As many as 52,86,132 HCWs and 39,75,549 FLWs have taken the second dose, the ministry said, adding that 4,29,37,126 beneficiaries above 45 years of age been administered the first dose. He said that a month has passed since the deadlines and even after starting vaccination of the population of over 60 years, provisions were made to register and vaccinate all HCWs and FLWs.
Panigrahi informed that 33,04,732 people had received the jab in Odisha and the target is to vaccinate 1.16 crore.
In a letter addressed to the Principal Secretary (Health), of Delhi government, the union health ministry pointed out that there have been serious lapses in registration of beneficiaries by the VIMHANS (Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Neuro and Allied Sciences) located at Nehru Nagar area in the North East District of Delhi, operating as a Private Covid Vaccination Centre.
The province's COVID-19 Immunization Plan is ahead of schedule, and B.C.'s online and telephone registration and booking system, will be open as of 8 a.m. tomorrow, for people 71 years and older, Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and those who have received their "clinically extremely vulnerable" letter in the mail to book their vaccine appointment.