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Covid-19 vaccination in India for everyone? Here is what Govt says

By Rajan Nath -- April 07, 2021 11:47 am -- Updated:April 07, 2021 12:20 pm

Covid-19 vaccination in India: While there are demands of making Covid-19 vaccine available for all age groups, the Union Health Ministry stated that it will not be available to all age groups as of now.

The aim of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India was to provide vaccines to those who need them and not to those who want them.

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Covid-19 vaccination in India: Amid demands of Covid-19 vaccine to be available for everyone, Centre said it will not be available to all age groups.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that "Many people ask why shouldn't we open vaccination for all."

"There are two aims of such vaccination drives -- to prevent deaths and protect the healthcare system. The aim is not to administer the vaccine to those who want it but to those who need it," he said.

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Covid-19 vaccination in India: Amid demands of Covid-19 vaccine to be available for everyone, Centre said it will not be available to all age groups.

The statement came after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and IMA sought a wider vaccination drive.

Covid-19 vaccination in India: Amid demands of Covid-19 vaccine to be available for everyone, Centre said it will not be available to all age groups.

Even as Bhushan issued a clarification on his remark “aim is not to administer the vaccine to those who want it but to those who need it".

He said that "Fallacy that vaccination process controlled by the state, current phase for vulnerable sections, we are following a dynamic supply-demand mapping model."

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