India begins second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive

The second round of Covid 19 vaccination drive began March 1 in India. In the first phase, healthcare and frontline workers across the country were vaccinated. The second phase will cover 10 crore people in a nationwide vaccination drive.   

It will cover all citizens above 60 years of age and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities.  

Vaccinations will be available from March 1 at 10,000 government health centers and around 12,000 private centers.    

Those who are eligible for the jab in this phase can self-register on the government’s portal, Co-Win.    

In the first phase of vaccination drive that started on January 16 covering healthcare and frontline workers, more than 1.30 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered so far, as per the Union Health Ministry.   

Around 27 crore people would be vaccinated in the second phase, of whom around 10 crore are over 60.   

People above 60 years of age and those over 45 with co-morbidities will be inoculated against the COVID-19 virus. List of what constitutes a co-morbidity has also been released.   

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