Today, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the ‘world’s largest’ vaccination drive, nearly 3 crore people including health workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase.
The PM addressed 3,006 vaccination centers across the country via online. In each centre, 100 people will get the first dose of the vaccine. During the launch, he urged people to ‘not make the mistake of ignoring the second vaccine dose.’
In India, two vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin - have been approved for distribution.
Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja confirmed that the State is all set for the Covid-19 vaccination drive and all facilities have been arranged in the block, district, and state levels. Under the supervision of the health department, the vaccination drive is organised with the support of various state departments along with international agencies like WHO, UNICEF, and UNDP.
Across the State, 133 centers are established. Ernakulam will have 12 centres, Thiruvananthapuram to have 11 centres and all the remaining districts to have nine centres.
Earlier, the Health Minister held a high-level meeting to assess the preparations made in the districts for the successful completion of the vaccination drive. The drive will strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines issued.
On the other hand, according to the Union Health Ministry, around 15,158 people tested positive for Covid on Saturday taking the total to 1,05,42,841, while the death toll increased to 1,52,093 with 175 more deaths.