BAM! BAM! BAM! Scorch was dumping files on the ground in the dorm room.
“What’s that noise?” rushed Felix inside from his garden.
“I am trying to remember where I kept my report on India’s vaccination drive. I have to submit an update in school tomorrow,” cried Scorch as she picked up another huge file… BAM!
“Scorch! My crystal ball is humming with news for you – it understood that you’re looking for a vaccine update. India completed one year since it started the vaccination drive against Covid-19 early this month. To date, it has given 156.76 crore vaccine doses,” interrupted Verum as she ran through the door to help out Scorch.
“This is very kind of your crystal ball,” said Scorch. She immediately grabbed a pen and a paper to note down details. “Please continue, Verum,” said Scorch.
“This achievement for a country with a huge population is commendable. Last year, the vaccine drive started in mid-January in phases. First, the healthcare workers were given the vaccine, followed by frontline workers. Then the elderly over 60 years of age and people with serious health conditions aged 45 or above received the vaccine dose.
The government then opened vaccination for those above 18 years. This continued until the end of 2021. As we stepped into the New Year, the government began the vaccination for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years,” concluded Verum.
“This is great news for India and its people,” chimed in Felix.
“The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has increased the panic in the country now,” remarked Orak.
“True. India started giving the precaution dose of the Covid vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers, people aged 60 and above from January 10 to contain the spread of Omicron.
The country recorded many achievements in its vaccine drive journey. To observe the completion of a successful one-year vaccine drive, a postal stamp on vaccine Covaxin, which is developed in India, was also released,” added Verum.
“This is a good report! India’s population as of 2020 is 138 crores and this seemed like a humongous task. The country has done well, but the coronavirus is not yet over so we all need to follow the guidelines. We must continue to wear masks,” Scorch spoke out loud as she wrote on her paper.