The Union health ministry has directed the states and Union territories to conclude the first dose administration of all frontline workers by March 6.
A media report quoted health ministry officials as saying that they have communicated to all the states and Union territories that the vaccination for all frontline workers must be scheduled once by March 1.
The states and UTs have also been directed to conclude mop-up rounds latest by March 6, the report said.
States and UTs have been asked that they must schedule vaccination for all the healthcare workers listed in the CoWIN application by March 1.
They have also been asked that all frontline workers must be given the opportunity of mop-up rounds by March 6.
The Union health ministry earlier asked all the states and UTs to complete the administration of the first dose of COVID19 vaccines to their healthcare workers by February 20 and conclude mop-up round by February 24.
During a press briefing Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the aim should be that no willing beneficiary is left behind.
“They can do multiple rounds depending on their strength. The aim of the mop-up rounds is to ensure that those healthcare and frontline workers, who could not come during their scheduled vaccination sessions, will then be availed an opportunity afforded by the mop-up rounds to get their dose of vaccination,” Bhushan said.