Centre to send SMS reminders to eligible elderly population for precautionary dose of COVID vaccine

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  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday informed that the Union Government will send an SMS alert to the eligible elderly population to remind them for taking the precautionary dose of COVID-19 that starts from January 10.
  • This comes amid the country facing a sharp increase in daily COVID-19 infections as there has been a massive surge in new Omicron variant cases.
  • The Union Health Ministry further stated that the precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is primarily to mitigate the severity of infection, hospitalisation, and death.
  • In his sudden address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on December 25 announced the next steps of vaccination for children and booster doses for adults in the wake of the Omicron surge.
  • “January 10 onwards India will begin to administer ‘precautionary’ doses to frontline workers and citizens above the age of 60, the prime minister had said.
  • According to the Centre, approximately 90 per cent of the adult population in the country has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose.
    “Approximately 90 per cent of the adult population in India has been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first dose. On average, India reported more than 8,000 cases per day last week. Overall case positivity rate stands at 0.92 per cent. From December 26 onwards, the country has been reporting 10,000 daily cases,” said Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry during a media briefing.

    ‘COVID positivity rate over 10% in 8 districts’

    Aggarwal further said that the weekly COVID positivity rate of more than 10 per cent is being noted in eight districts including six districts of Mizoram, one from Arunachal Pradesh, and Kolkata in West Bengal.
    “The weekly case positivity rate is between 5-10 per cent in 14 districts of the country. There are 961 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus in India, out of which 320 patients have recovered,” he added.

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