thackeray: Moments before PM’s announcement Chidambaram recounts ‘3 wrongs’; later Thackeray welcomes new vaccine decisions | India News

NEW DELHI: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that those in the 15-18 years age group will be vaccinated and frontline and health workers will get “precaution doses”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday night welcomed the the “decision”, saying it will help curb the spread of coronavirus.
However, just before the announcements, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram once again accused the government of stumbling on the Covid vaccination programme, saying its “failures” include not permitting booster shots.
After the announcement, the Maharashtra CM said the provision of booster dose will help senior citizens with co-morbidities too.
State Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray had written to the Union health ministry on December 7 seeking vaccination of children and provision of booster doses, the chief minister said.
The need for booster doses was discussed in the recent state cabinet meeting as well, Thackeray added.
Modi, in a televised address to the nation, announced that vaccination against Covid-19 for children between 15-18 years will start from January 3, while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers begin from January 10.
Precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years of age and with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10, he said.
Earlier in the evening, in a series of tweets, Chidambaram recounted “three wrongs” done by the government, starting with the “original decision to prescribe a gap of 12-16 weeks between the first and second dose of vaccination”, inability “to increase the percentage of the adult population that has received the second dose” and the “third wrong” not to “permit a booster shot for those who are vulnerable like frontline health personnel”.

Taken together, these three “grave failures” will cause immense harm to the people, he said.

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