Government has said that India’s National COVID Vaccination Program is built on scientific and epidemiological evidence, WHO guidelines and global best practices. Union Health Ministry said, the Vaccination programme is anchored in systematic end-to-end planning and is implemented through effective and efficient participation of States and Union Territories and the people at large. It said, government’s commitment to the vaccination program has been unwavering and proactive from the beginning. The Ministry said, there have been some media reports alleging that India’s Vaccine Strategy is neglecting the older and vulnerable population.
The Health Ministry has clarified that the COVID Vaccination programme, gives priority to strengthening the country’s healthcare system by protecting the professionals, health and frontline workers, as well as the most vulnerable population groups. It said, till now, the drive has covered more than 45 per cent of 45 years of population with 1st dose of vaccination. The Ministry said, a coverage of more than 49.35 per cent of the population aged 60 years above with single dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been achieved in the vaccination drive.