Vaccination of people above 50 years of age in the country’s most vulnerable age group against corona infection will start from the second week of March. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan gave this information on Friday. However, he did not state a definite date for the commencement of the third stage vaccination. During the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, Harsh Vardhan said in response to a question that in the third phase, people above 50 years of age will be vaccinated from the second week of March. He said that in the second phase, two crore frontline workers (policemen, sweepers, municipal workers etc.) are being vaccinated. Therefore, it is difficult to specify the exact date of commencement of Phase III vaccination, but it will start from the second, third or fourth week of March. He said that till February 3, 96.28 lakh health workers and 78.51 lakh frontline workers had registered to get the vaccine on the Co-Win portal. Three crore health workers and frontline workers are being vaccinated for free, which is estimated to cost Rs 480 crore.
The operating costs of vaccination are being paid to the states and union territories according to the number of beneficiaries. Under this, the first installment of 1.23 billion has been distributed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the first phase of vaccination in the country on 16 January. In this, vaccination is being provided to one crore health workers, including doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.