Govt. orders 83 crore syringes for COVID-19 vaccination campaign and universal immunization program
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The government has ordered 83 crore syringes for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and the universal immunization program in the country.
The Union’s health ministry said the center had also issued a tender for 35 crore more syringes. The government has prioritized 30 million people for the COVID vaccine, which includes health workers, frontline workers and sanitation workers.
Previously, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Expert Group recommended three priority population groups, including healthcare workers of around one crore, frontline workers of around 2 crore and the Priority age group of around 27 crore.
Because vaccines are temperature sensitive and must be stored at a specific temperature, the current cold chain system of 85,634 pieces of equipment for vaccine storage at approximately 28,947 cold chain points across the country will be used for the administration of the cold chain.