Doctors, cops to get vaccine on priority: Maharashtra minister

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Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday that doctors, policemen and comorbid patients who are above the age of 50 years will get the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase.

Country’s five pharma companies are working on the Covid-19 vaccine and the central government is also in the process of supplying a plan for carrying out the vaccination drive, tope said.

The vaccination procedure would be personally controlled by the central and the state governments and it will give priority to the doctors, policemen, and patients followed by senior citizens who will be given the vaccine in the first phase, he said.

He also added that irrespective of what people say, the vaccination procedure would be followed through the step by step plan by the central government clubbed with vaccination and the state government will move further the plan.

The procedure of compiling related information is underway and preparation for following the first stage of vaccination has already been initiated by the Maharashtra government.

Indian Medical Association Maharashtra State President Dr Avinash Bhondwe said that the central government decided that the vaccine should first be given to all the doctors of India, who are treating Covid-19 patients regardless of their own lives in the pandemic. We also decided that the priority will be given to all medical professionals and health care workers.

In the recent video conference by Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray declared that a dedicated task force has been formed in Maharashtra and we will also ensure the hassle-free and timely distribution of the vaccine.  

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