Punjab Students Planning To Go Abroad For Studies To Be Prioritised For Vaccination

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Punjab Students Planning To Go Abroad to be prioritised: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh announced on Monday that students who want to go abroad for studies from Punjab will now be prioritised in the process of Coronavirus vaccination.

At an online COVID review meeting on Monday, the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the Health and Medical Education departments to allow the districts to use up to 10 per cent of the vaccine doses for the 18-44 age bracket. This will enable students moving to different countries for academic purposes to get vaccinated easily.

“The move will help students going to countries where universities require them to be vaccinated,” said the Chief Minister in an official statement. He added that besides students seeking to go abroad, caregivers of elderly persons and other urgent priority groups may be included in this list.

Based on the availability of the vaccine, Singh asked the concerned departments to proactively vaccinate all the people in the categories already prioritised by the state government. He stated that since the restrictions in the state are eased, this was essential in keeping the risk of the virus spread low.

Initially, the state had prioritised construction labour, people with illness and families of healthcare workers in the age group 18-44 years. The list then expanded to include shopkeepers and their staff members, the workers of the hospitality industry, street vendors, industrial workers, delivery boys, LPG distribution boys, bus drivers, conductors, cab/auto drivers and local body leaders such as mayors, councillors, sarpanches and panches.

Meanwhile, Delhi has reportedly received stock of 40,000 Covaxin doses for the 18-44 years age group. AAP MLA Atishi was quoted saying that these doses will be used only for those who require the second jab.

Presently, Delhi has a stock of 40,840 vaccines. Out of this, 40,300 are Covaxin. The Delhi government on Sunday directed private hospitals and nursing homes to administer Covaxin to only the ones eligible for the second dose in the age group 18-44 years in June or until further orders.