PM Modi ready to face the third wave? Can India administer the vaccination doses to teenagers in time? Do adults require precautionary shorts? Is India ready to face Omicron?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that India’s vaccination program would be expanded. It will include teenagers aged 15 to 18. He even told everyone about the precautionary dose of vaccination for healthcare and frontline workers.
At 9.45 p.m., Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation. He said that vaccines for teenagers will begin on January 3. And booster shots will be available on January 10.
Interestingly, the PM did not refer to the shots as boosters, instead referring to them as precaution doses.
He stated that vaccinations for children aged 15 to 18 years will begin on January 3. Those with comorbid conditions and over 60 years of age will be qualified for prevention doses starting January 10 next year, he added. Greeting the country on Christmas, Prime Minister Modi said it was a good day to publicly declare these additional measures in India’s fight against Covid-19 because it was also the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
While each country’s experience with the new Omicron variant has been unique. The PM emphasized that individual caution is the most effective in preventing virus spread.
As a result of the seriousness of Covid-19, India has administered over 141 crore doses.
There are 18 lakh isolation beds and 5 lakh oxygen-supported beds. 1.40 lakh ICU beds, and 90,000 pediatric ICU and non-ICU beds in India. More than 3,000 PSA oxygen plants are operational, and 4 lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed across the country.