New Delhi: The central government of India is all set to launch a workplace COVID-19 vaccinations from April 11 in an attempt to boost the ongoing inoculation drive, which is still continuing to fight wastage and hesitancy issues.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in his letter to Chief Secretary on Wednesday said that a substantial proportion of individuals aged 45 years and above are in the organized sector of the economy, who are part of the formal occupation in offices (government and private) or manufacturing and services.
In an attempt to make the vaccination drive “more pragmatic and purposeful”, coronavirus vaccination sessions may be set-up at Work Places (both private and public) with nearly 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries, by tagging these work places with an existing Covid Vaccination Center (CVC), the letter read.
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To support states in this initiative, guidelines have been prepared to support the State and District Programme Managers with the needed information and guide them on organizing vaccination sessions at such work places, it further read.
India has so far administered more than 87 million COVID-19 doses till April 6. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, 8,70,77,474 doses have been given, out of those 33,37,601 doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
With this, India has surpassed the United States to become the fastest vaccinating country in the world with an average daily rate of 30,93,861 vaccine doses, said the Union Ministry of Health on Wednesday.
According to the Health Ministry, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered crossed the 87-million mark on day 81 of the vaccination drive which began on January 16, 2021.
Out of the total 33,37,601 vaccine doses were given, 30,08,087 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 41,396 sessions for 1st dose and 3,29,514 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine.