The country will launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign from January 16.

The national polio immunization program, in which children aged 0 to 5 receive polio drops, has been postponed “until further notice” by the Center citing “unforeseen activities”.

National Immunization Day (NID), commonly known as the Pulsed Polio Immunization Program, was scheduled for January 17 across India.

The Union Health Ministry communicated the decision to postpone the polio vaccination program to all states in a letter dated January 9. “This is to inform that due to unforeseen activities it is decided to postpone the planned cycle of NID (National Immunization Day) from January 17, 2021 until further notice,” according to the letter sent to the Principal Secretary from the State Department of Health Health and Family Minister Harsh Vardhan said on January 8 that the polio vaccination would be carried out on January 17.

“We have decided that on January 17 we will have our national polio immunization days which will last two to three days,” he said, adding that the campaign covered aspects such as identification and vaccination of children. excluded from vaccination.

Vaccination is very essential to ensure the nation maintains its overall level of immunity to the polio virus, he said.

The country will launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest immunization program, with priority to be given to nearly three crores in healthcare and frontline workers. According to the COVID-19 Vaccine Operational Guidelines issued to States for the vaccination campaign by the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered first to health workers and frontline workers, then to people over age 50, followed by younger people. over 50 years with associated comorbidities depending on the evolution of the pandemic situation.

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