Today, Haryana to get first consignment of Covid vaccines

Today, Haryana to get first consignment of Covid vaccines

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12

Haryana will get its first consignment of Covid vaccines, Covshield manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin, manufactured by Bharat Biotech, tomorrow.

The consignment containing 2,41, 500 doses of Covsheild and 20,000 doses of Covaxin will arrive at the Chandigarh International Airport by afternoon on Wednesday, confirmed Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department.

From here, the vaccine will be sent to Kurukshetra, where Haryana has its state warehouse for vaccines, for further distribution to the districts. The Centre has already announced that the national vaccination drive will begin on January 16.

First of all, the vaccine is to be provided to nearly 1.90 lakh healthcare workers, who have been placed on the top of priority list among over 67 lakh beneficiaries to be immunised in the first one year.

After the health staff, frontline workers (nearly 4.5 lakh), residents above 50 years (58 lakh) and the population below the age of 50 having co-morbidities are to be administered the dose in that order of priority.

The government has already announced free vaccination for healthcare and frontline workers.

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