Bhubaneswar: Senior citizens above 60 years of age with comorbidities, who are eligible for precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine, will not be required to produce any certificate from the doctor at the time of administration of the dose, said Union Health Ministry in a statement, today.
“Such persons are expected to obtain the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail of precaution dose,” the ministry said.
Personnel to be deployed in election duty in poll-bound states will also be included in the category of frontline workers (FLWs), it added.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to healthcare and frontline workers in the country from 10th January, 2022. This has been done in the light of the amount of time the frontline workers and healthcare workers spend in the service of COVID patients.
The PM has also announced that option of precaution dose will be available for senior citizens above 60 years of age with co-morbidities on the advice of their doctors from 10th January, 2022.
He also said that vaccination will start for the children in the age group of 15-18 years from 3rd January, 2022.