Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has thanked the central government for allowing everyone above 18 years of age to get vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1.
On Monday, the Centre announced that everyone above 18 years of age will be eligible to get vaccinated from May 1.
Chaturvedi wrote a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday, saying the Maharashtra government’s demand was “non-political”.
I thank our Health Min, who on our request, announced a more liberal vaccine policy in phase 3 especially lowering the vaccine eligibility. Appeals made to him aren’t political but made with a sense of responsibility&spirit of fighting the covid battle as one country. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/hdXvFyXyGc
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) April 20, 2021
She said Thackeray and chief ministers of many other states had made a similar request.
“Although there was an unnecessary political war of words that ensued to a non-political request, I am thankful that the government has chosen to reduce the eligibility age to 18,” the Rajya Sabha member said in the letter.
The central government has also liberalised the vaccination drive to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments to procure the doses directly from manufacturers.
After the Centre’s announcement on Monday, Thackeray said proper planning will be done in Maharashtra (to vaccinate everyone above 18 years) and expressed hope that the state will receive vaccines on time. PTI