Bhubaneswar: The Union Health Ministry said on Saturday that the much-awaited coronavirus vaccination drive will kick off on January 16.
“It was decided that in view of the forthcoming festivals, including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu etc., the Covid-19 vaccination will start from January 16, 2021,” the ministry said in a statement.
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The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine will give priority to the healthcare and frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 crore, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with comorbidities numbering around 27 crore.
On January 3, two vaccines – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s…