The Union Ministry of Health on Friday announced the rollout of the precautionary third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for the 18-plus population at private vaccination centres from April 10, Sunday.
“It has been decided that precaution dose of COVID vaccines will be made available to 18+ population group at private vaccination centres. The administration of Precaution Dose to 18+ population through Private Vaccination Centres would start from 10th April (Sunday), 2022. All those who are more than 18 years of age & have completed 9 months after the administration of second dose, would be eligible for Precaution Dose. This facility would be available in all Private Vaccination Centres,” the statement issued by the Centre said.
Further, the ministry informed that around 96% of the 15+ population in the country have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose so far, while about 83% of the 15+ population has received both doses.
More than 2.4 crore precaution doses have also been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and the 60+ population group. Nearly 45% of the 12 to 14 years age group have also received the first dose.
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(With inputs from agencies)