India to kickstart Covid-19 vaccination from January 16

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India will kickstart its Covid-19 vaccination from January 16 after three phases of dry runs having been conducted across the country.

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine will provide priority to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 crore, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore.

Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of status of Covid-19 management covering various issues on Sunday.

Emergency use authorisation or accelerated approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which have established safety and immunogenicity.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has developed the Co-WIN software for real time information of vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries for Covid-19 vaccine.  This software will assist the program managers across all levels through automated session allocation for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification and a digital certificate will be generated upon successful completion of the vaccine schedule.

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