Ahead of Covid vaccine rollout, Centre postpones polio immunisation drive to Jan 31

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    Ahead of Covid vaccine rollout, Centre holds off polio immunisation drive to Jan31

    By: Express News Service|New Delhi |

    Updated: January 14, 2021 1: 21: 25 pm





    The anti-polio drive was earlier scheduled to occur on January17 (Representational Image/File)

    The Centre on Thursday said it has rescheduled the anti-polio drive to January 31 in view of the nationwide Covid vaccine rollout on January16 The Polio National Immunisation Day, which was earlier set up for January 17, has been accepted “make sure that Covid management and vaccination services, as well as non-Covid essential health services, proceed in tandem without negatively affecting each other”, the Union Ministry of Health and Well-being stated.

    ” The massive countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive will be rolled out by Hon’ ble Prime Minister from 16 th January,2021 This would be world’s largest immunisation workout. Therefore, it has been chosen by the Ministry of Health and Household Welfare (MoHFW) in assessment with the office of the Hon’ ble President of India to reschedule the Polio vaccination day, also called the National Immunisation Day (NID) or “Polio Ravivar” to 31 th January 2021 (Sunday),” the ministry stated.

    #PolioImmunisationDay #PolioFreeIndia

    Hon. President of India to launch Polio National Immunisation Day on 30 th January 2021.

    Polio NID rescheduled to 31 th January 2021 (Sunday). pic.twitter.com/YGVFTcFlua

    — Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) January 14, 2021

    The ministry said the president will release the Polio National Immunisation Day on January 30 by administering polio drops to children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan at 11.45 am.

    India will introduce its Covid-19 vaccination drive from January16 In the initial stage, an approximated three crore health care and frontline employees will be immunized on priority. Health care workers and frontline workers will be followed by those above 50 years of age and those under-50 with co-morbidities– these number around 27 crore, the Health Ministry stated.

    India’s drug regulator has granted sped up approval for two vaccines– Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and the ICMR, the latter vaccine in a managed “clinical trial mode” given that its efficacy data is pending.

    More than 79 lakh prospective vaccine receivers have currently been registered on the flagship Co-WIN IT platform, which will offer real-time information of vaccine stocks and will track private recipients.

    Meanwhile, batches of coronavirus vaccine were shipped to numerous parts across the nation on Wednesday. From Assam to Goa and from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala, the vaccines were thoroughly carried to different parts of the nation.

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