April 08, 2021
With the country staring at a second COVID wave, the government issued revised guidelines, allowing everyone over 45 years of age to get vaccinated starting April 1st. The revision recognizes realities on the ground, including: some primary health centers began vaccinating individuals who are above 18 years old to reduce vaccine waste and improve capacity utilization. In addition, more occupations were being treated as frontline workers. The government has planned to allow states and private hospitals to source vaccines directly and adapt strategies to tackle localized infection surges and vaccine hesitancy/ignorance among marginalized groups. Strategies are also being rolled out to deliver vaccines to neighborhoods, instead of waiting for beneficiaries at health care centers. While there is talk of lockdowns, which may only occur in pockets, India cannot afford another complete lockdown.