NEW DELHI: The Union government will begin vaccination drive for around 27 crore Indians above the age of 50 three weeks from now, Union Health Minister Harsh vardhan said on Monday.
"Three weeks from now, the government will start giving doses of coronavirus vaccines to 27 crore persons above the age of 50," he said at a press briefing here. An expert group on vaccination will discuss how to pay for the doses for those above 50, he added. The vaccination for frontline workers began earlier this month.
Commenting on the private healthcare sector's role in the vaccination process, he said that such facilities and workers were already a part of the drive.
"During emergency use authorisations (EUA), it is the government's responsibility to keep things under control; open market sales are not part of the EUA," he added.
The Minister said that no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 188 districts of the country in the past seven days. Vardhanemphasised the importance of social distance and appropriate healthcare behaviour amid the pandemic despite falling number of corona cases in the country. (IANS)