‘Cover 100% with first shot before fests’ | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday urged states and the public to help further increase the pace of Covid vaccination to ensure 100% coverage of the first dose before the upcoming festival season, urging the unvaccinated to take their shots. Even as 58% of the adult population has now received at least one dose of Covid vaccines, the Centre advised people to come forward to initiate vaccination as even one dose of vaccines has proven almost 97% effective against mortality.
While saying that vaccines were now more freely available, the Centre said there is no precedent anywhere in the world of schools’ reopening being delayed till vaccines are administered to children. “No scientific evidence, no epidemiology suggests that it should be a criteria. However, teachers and staff need to be vaccinated. Besides, parents should be covered. We have exerted towards that and there is a very high coverage,” Niti Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said.
“The data show effectiveness of available vaccine against serious disease, particularly against deaths from Covid-19” Dr Paul said.

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