India is in the process of finalising a top priority list of nearly 30 crore people, including health workers, police personnel, sanitation workers, the elderly and people with co-morbidities for getting an estimated 60 crore Covid-19 vaccine shots.
"The first list is expected to be ready by this month-end or early November," a Health Ministry official said.
The initial phase of vaccination is likely to be in two stages including a booster dose, Health Ministry sources said.
The priority list of beneficiaries has four categories of people -- around 70 lakh healthcare professionals, over two crore frontline workers -- including police, municipal workers and armed forces, about 26 crore people above the age of 50 and younger but with co-morbidities.
Three vaccine candidates are now undergoing human trial in India, the Health Ministry had said last week, our New Delhi correspondent reports.
It said the Phase-III trial data will be available around November-end or early December.
According to the draft of the vaccine distribution plan drawn up by the national expert group set up for the purpose has worked on inputs received by federal agencies and different Indian states and studied allocations for initial phase vaccinations.
The plan aims to cover over 23 percent of India's 133 crore population in the first phase and was discussed at a meeting of the group of ministers on Covid-19 headed by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan earlier this week.
India's total Covid-19 caseload went past the 74 lakh while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 65 lakh pushing the recovery rate to 87.78 percent, according to data updated by the Health Ministry today.
The total number of active cases of coronavirus infection across India fell below eight lakh today for the first time in one and half months, the Health Ministry said. There are 7,95,087 active cases in the country.
The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,12,998 with the virus claiming 837 lives in 24 hours while the infection tally mounted to 74,32,680 with 62,212 new cases being reported, the updated data showed.