All Central Government employee aged 45 and above must get vaccinated

The Centre on Tuesday directed all its employees who are 45 or above to get a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure that the spread of the infection is contained. The government memorandum, sent to all the ministries, said that the decision has been taken after monitoring the current Covid-19 situation in the country.

As India has been witnessing a sharp spike in the number of daily cases in the last few weeks. the central government employees are further advised to continue to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, even after vaccination, by frequent washing of hands/sanitization, wearing a mask/face cover and observing social distancing etc. The government had earlier this month expanded the ambit of vaccination for people above the age of 45. India, the second worst-hit country in the world, crossed over one lakh daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Monday. Experts say the country is facing a second wave of infections brought on by mutant Covid variants and people’s carelessness about following rules like wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

The centre this month expanded the vaccination net making all those who are 45 or older eligible for inoculations. So far, over eight crore people have been vaccinated against the virus since the drive began in mid-January.