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Three crore healthcare and frontline workers will be given free vaccination.

Free vaccine will be provided to prioritized beneficiaries including one crore healthcare and two crore frontline workers in the first phase

Free vaccine will be provided to prioritized beneficiaries including one crore healthcare and two crore frontline workers in the first phaseUnion Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on January 2 this year tweeted, "In 1st phase of #COVID19Vaccination free #vaccine shall be provided across the nation to most prioritised beneficiaries that including 1 crore healthcare & 2 crore frontline workers. Details of how further 27 crore priority beneficiaries are to be vaccinated until July are being finalised (sic)." The minister added that details of 27 crore priority beneficiaries — those above 50 years of age and those below it having comorbidities — is also being finalized.

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved two COVID-19 vaccines in India for emergency use: Oxford-AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine Covishield (manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.

On Jan 2, 2021, a nation-wide vaccination dry run was conducted in 125 districts across 285 sites. “The objective of the drive is to gear up for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine across the country. The run will also assess operational feasibility in the use of Co-WIN application in the field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation. This is also expected to give confidence to programme managers at various levels,” he said.

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