Coronavirus update: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said more than two crore additional Covid 19 vaccine doses are being made available to states this month and they have been asked to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before Teachers’ Day on September 5.
Schools across the country were closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus infection.
The Centre had allowed the reopening of schools as per the Covid-19 situation in October last year. While several states began partial reopening of schools, there was a complete closure again in April when an aggressive second wave of Covid 19 hit the country.
With an improvement in the coronavirus 19 situation again, several states have begun reopening schools now even as concerns have been expressed over the staff and teachers not being completely vaccinated.
“In addition to the plan to provide vaccines to every state this month, more than 2 crore vaccine doses are being made available. We have requested all states to try to vaccinate all school teachers on priority before Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated on September 5,” Mandaviya said in a tweet.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday with all states and Union Territories to review the progress of the Covid-19 vaccination drive and for the give coronavirus update.
At the meeting, the states were advised to focus on enhancing second dose coverage as well as immunization of school teachers and staff, both government and private.