On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the COVID-19 vaccination drive will start in India from 16th January 2021.
A high-level meeting was held today where PM Modi reviewed the status of COVID-19 and vaccine preparedness across states and union territories. "After the detailed review, 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 16th January 2021," the meeting said.
"Starting that day, India's nationwide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers, frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis (sanitation workers),” PM Modi tweeted.
As per the planning, 3 crore frontline workers will be vaccinated first.