The PM chaired a comprehensive high-level meeting and reviewing the public health preparedness to COVID-19 and national COVID19 vaccination progress, informed that India has entered the third year of the fight against “one of the biggest epidemics in 100 years”.
Informing that earlier confusion about Omicron is slowly getting cleared now, Modi said,”The Omicron variant is infecting the general public many times faster than the earlier variants. We have to be alert, be careful, but we also have to take care that there is no panic situation. We have to see that in this festive season, the alertness of the people and the administration is not lowered anywhere. The way the central and state governments had adopted a pre-emptive, proactive and collective approach, the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be.
“Irrespective of the variant, proven way to tackle the pandemic remains vaccination only. India has given the first dose to about 92 percent of the adult population. The coverage of the second dose has also reached around 70 percent in the country. Within 10 days, India has also vaccinated about 30 million of its adolescents,” Modi said.
“Booster doses to all the frontline workers and those above 60 years of age should be given at the earliest. The government began two new phases of the inoculation program this month – vaccines for teens between 15 to 18 years of age, and booster doses for those on the frontline and at-risk population,” he added.
Holding the second meeting amid the surge in COVID infections in a week, the PM stressed the need to counter any misinformation about vaccines or the practice of wearing masks.
“In order to defeat Corona we need to keep our readiness ahead of every variant. Along with tackling Omicron, we need to start preparing for any future variant from now itself”, the Prime Minister said.
Amid an alarming surge in cases, the Prime Minister insisted, “A majority of patients should be treated in home isolation. They must follow the government guidelines.”
Today’s meeting focused on state-specific scenarios to battle COVID, including best practices and public health response. The Prime Minister urged all states to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level and to accelerate the vaccination drive for children in the 15-18 age group.