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More than 20 percent persons vaccinated for Covid in Himachal

As many as 16,22,438 doses for Covid-19 have been administered to 14,12,978 persons till 27 April, 2021 in the state out of which more than two lakh persons have been administered the second dose.

A spokesperson of the Health department said here today that the State has vaccinated more than 20 percent of the population and was amongst the leading States in the country in vaccination drive. Now, the state government has decided to vaccinate all individuals between 18 to 44 years of age free of cost in government health institutions.

He said that the registration for 18 to 45 years of age has been started on the COWIN portal and service can now also be availed on the Aarogya Setu App. The number of estimated persons in the State eligible for vaccination under this category was around 31 lakhs. To vaccinate these persons, the State has already placed an order of 73 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be procured from Serum Institute of India in a phased manner. It has been communicated by the manufacturer that the supplies shall commence after 3-4 weeks, subsequent to which the third phase of vaccination shall be started in the State in Government CVCs.

The Spokesperson has urged the eligible persons to register themselves for the third phase of vaccination. However, he clarified that the free vaccination in Government CVCs would start only after the supply of the order placed by the State commences. The person aged between 18-45 years could avail the vaccination facilities in private vaccination centres on payment of pre-declared fee and after online registration and scheduling on COWIN portal.