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Around three crore healthcare and frontline workers will get a free dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Modi announced that three crore healthcare and frontline workers will be vaccinated first. The government will incur the cost.

Modi announced that three crore healthcare and frontline workers will be vaccinated first. The government will incur the cost.On January 11, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a virtual conference meeting with Chief Ministers and administrators of all states and union territories to review the status and preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination.

During the meeting, Modi addressed the question of who will be vaccinated first. He said, "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 with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated." Modi announced that state governments would not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating frontline workers in the first stage. The central government would incur this cost, he added.

On January 2, 2021, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted, "In the first phase of vaccination, a free vaccine will be provided across the nation to the most prioritized beneficiaries that include 1 crore healthcare workers and two crore frontline workers." He added, "the details of how further 27 crore priority beneficiaries are to be vaccinated until July are being finalized."

India will start the world's largest vaccination campaign on January 16. Two vaccines—Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covishield—have been given emergency use authorization. They are both made in India.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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