Phase II of the vaccination drive to begin early next month. Reportedly the vaccination is not for all and is restricted to those who are aged over sixty. Five states – Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh – have witnessed a daily upsurge in fear of the spread of new variants.
Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and J&K—are seeing a regular rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. This has lead to an increase in the proportion of RT-PCR samples, thus ensuring that these negative tests with Rapid Antigen are retested by RT-PCR.
Remarking that the unexpected and steep rise of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra was alarming, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the government would learn about and confirm the ‘second wave’ of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state, within the span of the next fifteen days.
As of February 20, 2021, almost 10.1 million health workers and front line workers have been vaccinated. The aim is to vaccinate 300 million people with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by July, with daily injections of more than 1 million. However, the seven-day average currently stands at just 0.38 million vaccinations a day.
On January 16, 2021, when the mass COVID-19 vaccine programme launched in India, only 3.352 sessions were conducted and 0.19 million people were vaccinated.
The number of COVID-19 infections may have declined in some nations, but doctors around government-run health institutions are seeing an increase in patients complaining about the mental health complications caused by the virus. Mental health issues include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and near-death trauma.