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‘No ifs and buts’: PM Modi cautions against misleading vaccine rumours

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cautioned the countrymen against any misleading rumours on coronavirus vaccine, ahead of a mega inoculation drive beginning January 16. He was interacting with chief ministers of all states via video conferencing.

Modi said the government was aiming to vaccinate as many as 30 crore people in the next few months. “Around 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of vaccination. In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years who suffer co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated,” the prime minister said.

He said the first phase will have onboard government and private health workers. Sanitation workers, other frontline workers, defense forces, police, and other paramilitary forces will also be vaccinated in the first phase, he said.

Modi informed that the state governments will not have to bear the expenses of vaccination of the 3 crore people in the first phase. “If you look at the number of health and frontline workers across all states, it stands at around 3 crores. It has been decided that state governments will not have to bear the expenses of vaccination of these 3 crore people in the first phase. Government of India will bear these expenses,” he said.

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