The Union government has asked its employees aged 45 and above to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to curb the spread of the viral infection. The government has also directed its employees to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour even after getting vaccinated.
Notably, India is bearing the brunt of the second wave of COVID-19. For the first time on Monday, the daily surge in COVID-19 cases crossed the 1 lakh mark to touch 1.03 lakh. Also, on average 450-500 deaths due to the viral infection are taking place every day, with Maharashtra being the worst-affected state.
Mutation of the COVID-19 virus is also a major cause of concern that has resulted in a higher number of infections in the past few days. The governments, both at the Centre and states, are trying several measures to contain the spread including the imposition of lockdowns, night curfews, etc.
Over 8.31 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered
India’s vaccine drive has now garnered pace with over 8.31 crore doses of the vaccine administered so far. However, the immunisation drive is far behind schedule and at this pace, it would be difficult to immunise the entire population of the country by 2021-end.
As COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging across the country, many people who were reluctant and adopted the wait and watch mode have now started queueing up outside vaccination centres.
Interestingly, over 43 lakh doses of the vaccine were administered on Monday—the highest in a day since the immunisation drive began. Out of it, 39,00,505 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 48,095 sessions for the first dose and 4,00,461 beneficiaries received the second dose of the vaccine.
Expansion of vaccine net
Although the Centre has made vaccines available for people aged 45 and above, several states including Maharashtra and Delhi are demanding an expansion of the vaccine net so that people who are aged below 45 can also be vaccinated.
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