No Time Restriction, COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available 24×7 In India
New Delhi: The COVID-19 vaccine will now be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The time constraint which was there earlier has been done away with, the idea being to increase the pace of vaccination, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday.
The second phase of the world’s largest vaccination process kicked off on March 1 with senior citizens and those above 45 with comorbidities being eligible for the jab.
“The government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. People can now get vaccinated 24×7 according to their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens,” Vardhan tweeted.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said on Tuesday that the daily timeline of vaccination, from 9 am to 5 pm, has been done away with, and it will be up to the hospitals to decide whether they want to continue after that.
“Co-WIN 2.0 does not provide 9 am-5 pm vaccination sessions. It has done away with that timeline. If a hospital has the capacity, the system permits it to do vaccination even after 5 pm in consultation with the state government. This has been briefed both to the state governments as well as the private and government hospitals,” he said.