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Differently-Abled Citizens To Receive Covid Vaccination At Home: Govt

A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, during a vaccination drive for people with a disability, at National Society for Equal Opportunities for the Handicapped India in Mumbai, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (PTI Photo/Shashank Parade)

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday announced the government will provide differently-abled people COVID-19 vaccines at home. Addressing a press briefing, Niti Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul said, “I am pleased to inform that an advisory has been issued to make arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for those who have disabilities or are differently challenged, in line with COVID SOPs.”

The health ministry officials warned that the country is still in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 even though the number of daily new cases are declining.

“In last 24 hours, 31,000 cases odd cases have been reported and most of these cases have been reported from Kerala and Maharashtra. However, absolute numbers have gone down. 62.73% of the total cases in the last week have been reported from Kerala,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

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At least 66 per cent of the 18 plus population has received at least one dose of COVID vaccines, 23 per cent of the 18 plus population has received both doses, he said.

Thirty-three districts in the country are now reporting over 10 per cent weekly positivity rate, while 23 are recording between 5-10 per cent, the officials said.

Under Covid guidelines for the upcoming festival season, mass gatherings has to be avoided in containment zones and in districts with over 5 per cent positivity rate, they said.

(With ANI, PTI inputs)

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