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Govt Defers National Polio Immunisation Programme Till Further Notice

National polio immunisation programme, as part of which children in the age group of 0-5 years are administered polio drops, has been deferred “till further notice” by the Centre citing “unforeseen activities”. The Nationa Immunisation Day (NID), commonly known as Pulse polio Immunisation programme, wasscheduled for January 17 across India. TheUnion Health Ministry has communicated the decision to defer the polio immunisation programme to all states through a letter on January9. “This is to inform that due to unforeseenactivities, it is decided to postpone the scheduledPolio NID (National Immunisation Day) round from January 17, 2021 till further notice,” according to the letter sent to the Principal Secretary in the Health department of all states. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan had said on January 8 that polio immunisation will be carried out on January 17. The vaccination is very essential to ensure that the nation maintained overall immunity levels against polio virus, he had said. The country will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation programme with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

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