The State government on Sunday urged the Union Health Ministry to include individuals above 25 years in the Covid vaccine eligibility criteria.

Health Minister, Eatala Rajender on Sunday said he personally spoke to Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan and urged him to immediately make youngsters above 25 years eligible for Covid vaccines.

Youngsters above 25 years form the largest group of Covid infections and it is our duty to vaccinate them. We are hoping the Centre takes a positive decision on the issue,” he said.

On shortage of Covid vaccines in Telangana, Rajender said that by Sunday evening or Monday, about 2.7 lakh vaccine doses will reach the state.

“From the beginning, vaccine procurement and distribution is under the control of the Centre and it is up to them to ensure all States receive their share of vaccines in a timely manner. We have the ability to vaccinate 10 lakh persons per day and have urged MOHFW to increase our allotment,” he said while interacting with press persons here.

Following a video conference between Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the health authorities have ramped-up the Covid vaccination process. “On an average, every day we are vaccinating 1.5 lakh eligible individuals across the State. We are also focussing on achieving 100 percent vaccine coverage for health care and front line workers,” he said.

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