Dr. Masukh Mandaviya, Union Health Minister, on Monday, urged the states to focus on increasing COVID vaccination for school-going children and precaution doses for the elderly. The minister stated that COVID is not over, and it is critical to remain vigilant and remember COVID-appropriate behaviour (CAB).
“Covid-19 is not yet over. With rising Covid-19 cases in some states, it is essential to stay alert and not to overlook Covid-appropriate behaviour,” Mandaviya told the states at the review meeting.
“Let us expedite our efforts to identify all beneficiaries in the 12-17 age group for the first and second doses, so they can attend school with the vaccine’s protection,” Mandaviya said. He also urged state health ministers to regularly review the administration of precaution doses to people aged 18 to 59 in private hospitals.
He has asked states and union territories (UTs) to ensure that no COVID-19 vaccines are wasted. He stated that vaccines should be used on the basis of ‘First Expiry First Out’ principle, which states that doses that expire first should be first used for vaccination.
The meeting takes place on the day when India reported 8,084 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. As of Monday, active cases account for 0.11% of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate is 98.68%. In the last 24 hours, the active COVID-19 caseload has increased by 3,482 cases. According to the ministry, the daily positivity rate was 3.24% and the weekly positivity rate was 2.21%. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 4,26,57,335, with a 1.21% case fatality rate.