Friday, June 18, 2021

Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul says, all citizens irrespective of their income status are entitled to free vaccination

Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul today said that all citizens irrespective of their income status are entitled to free vaccination. Speaking to reporters he said, the revised vaccination guidelines will come into effect from the 21st of this month. Dr Paul said, government has placed an order to purchase 25 crores doses of Covishield and 19 crore doses of Covaxin.

He also informed that the government has also placed an order to purchase 30 crore doses of Biological E’s vaccine, which will be available by September. Dr Paul said, vaccines’ price to private sector hospitals will be decided by vaccine manufacturers. He said, states will aggregate demand of the private sector, which means they will oversee how much network of facilities it has, and how many doses it requires.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said there is no data, global or Indian, that has had any observations of children being affected more. He said, even in the second wave kids who were infected had mild illness or co-morbidities. Dr Guleria allayed fears that there will be a serious infection in children in the future.

Dr Guleria said, to avoid future waves, all should aggressively follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour. He cited that 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the children who got infected and got admitted in hospitals during the second wave in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity. He said, healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalization.

Dr Guleria explained waves normally occur in pandemics caused due to respiratory viruses. He said, the virus becomes endemic and infection becomes seasonal – like that of H1N1 that commonly spreads during monsoon or winters.

Meanwhile, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Luv Aggarwal said, overall recovery has increased to 94.3 per cent including both home isolation and medical infrastructure, which is 6.3 per cent overall decrease in positivity from June 1 to June 7. Mr Aggarwal said, 86,498 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, which is almost a 79 per cent decline in cases, since the highest reported peak in daily new cases. Mr Aggarwal said, 322 districts have seen decline in daily cases in the last one month.

He also informed that state-wise, there are 15 states with less than 5 per cent positivity.

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