Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that over 1.65 crore people above 18 years of age are eligible for vaccination. “Those registering online will receive the vaccine, and those who have already made spot registration will also get the shots,” he said, adding that those suffering various ailment will get priority.
During a press meet in Thiruvananthapuram, he informed that the government has begun discussions with vaccine manufacturers so that the state can directly make vaccine purchases. Vijayan also said that those who have received the first dose of the vaccine will have to register online to get their second those. He added that those who have taken the first dose of Covishield do not have to rush to receive the second dose. According to studies, the second dose can be taken even in the 12th week.
Kerala recorded its highest single-day tally of 26,995 Covid-19 cases on Thursday. Vijayan pointed out that gatherings and functions are behind the current surge of cases. Ernakulam recorded 4,396 Covid cases – the highest among all districts. The CM said that action would be taken against roadside vendors if they don’t follow Covid-19 protocol.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed a ban on all passengers from India. The ban will come into effect from April 24 and is likely to last for 10 days. Several other countries such as the United States, UK and New Zealand, among others, have also placed a ban on Indian flyers.