The government has changed the vaccination rules that will come into force from April 1st. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had made the formal announcement.
The government had launched mass vaccination drive from January 16 with frontline workers and healthcare workers. On March 1, the Cabinet had approved the vaccination for people above 60 years of age and those in the group of 45 to 59 years with co-morbidities.
The decision has come at a time when India is witnessing a surge in the COVID-19 cases as 40,715 cases were recorded in a day, taking the nationwide infection tally to 1,16,86,796.
According to the report the COVID-19 death toll of the country increased to 1, 60,166, with 199 daily new fatalities. The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,11,81,253, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.37 percent, the data stated.
The union health ministry has also said that 4,84,94,594 corona vaccine doses have been administered through 7,84,612 sessions,
as per the provisional report of the government today morning.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier held a meeting with several chief ministers over the rising cases of coronavirus in the country, before the decision has taken.