All above the age of 45 to be vaccinated from April 1, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

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Published: March 23,2021 05:29 PM
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced that everyone above 45 years can get themselves vaccinated from April 1.

March 23, 2021: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced that everyone above 45 years can get themselves vaccinated from April 1.



Addressing a press meet Javadekar said, “It has been decided that from 1st April, the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age. We request that all eligible should immediately register and get vaccinated.”



He further added that as per the advice by scientists and world scientists bodies, the second dose vaccine can be administered between the fourth and eight week, particularly for Covishield.



The Minister also appealed to the people that all above the age of 45 years should take the vaccine as early as possible.



The Central Government on Monday had said that the gap between the first and second dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University’s Covishield vaccine should be increased to 6-8 weeks from the current 28 days.



In a press release, the Union Health Minister said that in view of the emerging scientific evidence, the interval between two doses of specific COVID-19 vaccine example Covishield has been revisited by National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and subsequently by National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) in its 20th meeting.



The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 4.72 crore with 19,65,635 doses being given on Monday, the Union Health Minister said.