Workplace vaccinations allowed from April 11, but only for those above 45
The move is aimed at increasing vaccine access to employees who are 45 years and above in the organised sector. The Union Health Ministry has directed all states and union territories to make arrangements to launch the initiative.
April 07, 2021 / 06:10 PM IST
The Central government has announced in its new notification on April 7 that it will allow COVID-19 vaccination sessions at workplaces that are having 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries from April 11.
The move is aimed at increasing vaccine access to employees who are 45 years and above in the organised sector.
The Union Health Ministry, in circular, has directed all states and union territories to make arrangements to launch the initiative in consultation with employers and management.
The announcement comes at a time when over 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, taking the total doses given in the country so far to 8,31,10,926, according to the Union health ministry data updated on April 6.
On April 7, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said that India has surpassed the United States to become the fastest vaccinating country in the world.
Earlier in the day the ministry said that with an average daily rate of 3,093,861 COVID-19 vaccine doses, the cumulative number of vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 8.70 crores. More than 33 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the period between April 6 and April 7 morning, the ministry informed.
Meanwhile India on April 7 recorded the biggest-ever daily surge with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,28,01,785. This makes India now the 4th-worst hit country in terms of active cases.