Amit Shah reviews status of Covid vaccine drive

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed the progress of Covid-19 vaccination drive to check the public health response as the second dose is now being administered to healthcare and frontline workers across the country and preparations are in final stage for rollout of the third phase of the world’s biggest inoculation exercise.

The meeting came as when India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 1.14 crore recipients. The vaccination drive was started on January 16 for healthcare workers and frontline workers estimated to be around 3 crore.

As the third phase of the vaccination drive is to start in March to cover those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, numbering around 27 crore, Shah chaired the meeting at his Home Ministry office in presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to review the status of Covid-19, along with preparedness of the states and UTs for Covid vaccination.

The meeting was also attended by NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul, the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to PM, the Home Secretary, the Health Secretary, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director, AIIMS Director RandeepGuleria, and other senior officials.