NEW DELHI: Announcements will be made at airports, seaports, railway, bus and metro stations when India reaches the 100 crore vaccinations, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Thursday as he shared plans of marking the moment with an impactful outreach to encourage more people to come forward and take the anti-Covid shot at the earliest.
The 100 crore dose target is expected to be achieved by October 18 or 19, he said while launching a coffee table book on Covid warriors.
There are plans that as vaccination coverage gets closer to the 1 billion mark, 80,000 vaccination centres will be activated to encourage more people to come forward and shed vaccine hesitancy.
India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 97.1 crore on Thursday evening. This includes over 69.2 crore people who have received the first dose and the cumulative number for the second dose has crossed over 27.86 crore.
Mandaviya said Spicejet will wrap planes with posters announcing the one billion vaccine milestone with images of PM Modi and healthcare workers on the day the target of 100 crore doses is achieved. It is also proposed that besides announcements on loudspeakers, the national flag may be symbolically hoisted at key locations like Red Fort and North and South Block in Delhi.