Covid vaccination can be held at workplaces that have around 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries, the Centre decided today to increase accessibility to the vaccine amid an explosive surge in infection. The program is to be launched on April 11. States and Union Territories have been asked to make adequate preparations.
The vaccine will be available for people aged 45 years and above, the government said. Younger people including children are more vulnerable to the second wave of the disease.
A letter from the health secretary to the Chief Secretary sent today read: "With the support of the State Governments/UT administration, the efforts have been to consistently make the vaccination drive more pragmatic and also more acceptable and purposeful to the beneficiaries".
"On similar lines, in order to increase the access of vaccine to these populations, COVID-19 vaccination sessions may be organized at Work Places (both public & private) which are having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries by tagging these workplaces with an existing COVID Vaccination Center (CVC)," the letter added.
Over the last week, more than one state, including Delhi, has kept vaccine centers open 24 hours.
The Centre's decision comes amid complaints from several states about a vaccine shortage -- the foremost among them Maharashtra.