At PM’s meet, Health Ministry proposes vaccine to all above 45

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a video conference with Chief Ministers to assess the Covid-19 situation in the country as well as the vaccination drive amid a spike in active cases that has increased the government’s worry.

During the meeting, the Health Ministry reportedly proposed vaccination for all people above 45 years.

At the meeting, the Centre told States to make wearing of masks mandatory and impose social distancing more rigorously, with additional precautions need to be taken at potential events where crowd is to be gathered. Along with this, the clinical management should be strengthened, the Centre told States in the meeting. Test, Track, Treat and vaccination has to be followed, it added.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamilnadu continue to report a surge in Covid-19 daily cases, accounting for 78.41 per cent of the new cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

Modi’s last interaction with Chief Ministers was in January before the vaccination roll-out.

He had announced that the Centre will bear the expenses of vaccinating nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first round and suggested that public representatives, a reference to politicians, should not be part of this initial exercise.

 

NT Bureau