The administration of COVID-19 vaccine to the those serving in the Army, Navy and Air Force is going in full swing. Indian Air Force (IAF) has administered first dose of Covid vaccine to all of its personnel. In addition to this, 90 per cent of them have received second dose as well. The IAF has reported 8,159 coronavirus cases and 36 deaths.
Meanwhile, half of the Armed Forces having completed the full schedule of the vaccine. A senior officer said, “Being the frontline workers and health care workers, personnel of the services have been vaccinated irrespective of age. More than 90 percent of serving personnel have received one dose and more than 50 per cent of the personnel have received the complete schedule of vaccine.” Of the 14-lakh-strong armed forces more than 12.5 lakh have received the first dose whereas the full vaccine schedule has been completed for more than 7 lakh soldiers. Covishield is the vaccine used in the Armed Forces and extra care is being taken to pay attention to the serving personnel, veterans and their dependents. Indian armed forces have always been at the forefront to help countrymen. The IAF has pitched in to supply oxygen containers to several parts of the country amid rising Covid cases. IAF’s C-17 and IL-76 aircraft airlifted cryogenic oxygen containers from Air Force Station Hindon to Panagarh in West Bengal for refilling.