"This issue was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts", he added. Later, persons aged 60 years and above and those aged 45-59 years with identified 20 co-morbidities were covered from March 1 2021.
A total of 17,47,094 vaccine doses were given on Thursday (till 8 pm), the 76th day of the vaccination drive - 16,20,746 beneficiaries vaccinated for the first dose and 1,26,348 for the second dose - according to the provisional report, the ministry said, adding that the final report for the day would be compiled by late night. While tracking the progress, the timeline for completing vaccination of all HCWs and FL Ws with 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been extended multiple times and was finally fixed at 25th February 2021 for HCWs and 6th March 2021 for FLWs.
The Centre on Saturday said that healthcare and other frontline workers can no longer register themselves on the government portal for getting coronavirus vaccines, PTI reported.
Bhushan said that when India's inoculation programme began in January, the Centre made all efforts to get as many frontline workers vaccinated as possible.
While vaccination of HCW and FLWs of those who are registered should be completed, no new registrations should be allowed, Bhushan said.
She thanked staff at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and wrote, "Dolly gets a (second) dose of her own medicine". The volunteer groups who are the major drivers of our vaccination campaigns and smooth implementation are also not eligible for vaccination.
He pointed out that the number deaths have been increasing daily, creating anxiety among the volunteer groups. THe Health Ministry explained the reason behind the move saying that the decision has been taken after dicsussions in order to give COVID-19 vaccine to more categories of citizens, like those above the age of 45. These include 89,82,974 healthcare workers (first dose), 53,19,641 HCWs (second dose), 96,86,477 frontline workers (first dose) and 40,97,510 FLWs (second dose), while beneficiaries aged over 45 years - 4,70,70,019 (first dose) and 8,23,030 (second dose).