Judges of the Supreme Court will get COVID-19 vaccine shots from today. Those eligible for the vaccine in the drive starting today also includes the families of the judges and retired judges. The Supreme Court registry has arranged a vaccination facility at the court complex.
The judges and their families have an option of getting the jabs at the Supreme Court complex or any hospital listed by the government.
The cost of vaccination will be as per the centre’s guidelines, the Supreme Court registry said. Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per shot.
The Health Ministry said the judges will not have an option to choose which vaccine they want to take – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, or Covishield, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and made by the Serum Institute of India.
Monday marked the second push of India’s massive vaccination drive. Those above 60 and those who are 45 and above with critical illnesses are getting inoculated now.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted to say that he took first dose of coronavirus vaccine at Delhi’s premier All India Institutes of Medical Sciences.
With 15,510 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,11,12,241, while the number of recoveries has surged to 1,07,86,457, the Union health ministry said on Monday.
The death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,57,157 in the country with 106 more fatalities reported in a 24-hour period, the ministry’s data showed.
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Over 29 lakh people had registered – online or via the Aarogya Setu app – by 8.30 pm on Monday, the first day of the public rollout of the coronavirus vaccines, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan told NDTV. Dr Vardhan even suggested that the actual number could be as much as a crore, because each individual who registered could add up to four others.
“I had checked the data before speaking with you… till 8.30 pm over 29 lakh people have registered on the platform. And, you see, if one person registers, s/he has the facility of registering for four family members,” Dr Vardhan told NDTV.