Nation Vaccination Day is celebrated every year on 16th of March every year, National Vaccination day is also known as National Immunization day. In 1995 on this same day the first oral vaccination for polio was given as an national immunization initiative. This year more than 150 million children will be immunized against polio disease. Eradication of polio is the prime goal of National Vaccination day. Every year our country spends crores of rupees in immunizing children below 5 years of age against polio.
The last case of wild polio in India were in West Bengal and Gujarat on 2011. India was announced polio free country by the WHO on 27 January 2014. So it is our duty to inform all the public to immunize their children below 5 years of age against polio. People should immunize their children against other diseases like TB, Mumps, Rotavirus, DPT and other deadly diseases.
The immunization against COVID-19 is also a top priority for our government. One of the worlds largest vaccination drive was conducted in India. The COVID vaccine was launched on 16th January, 2021. The first group includes healthcare and frontline workers. The second group to receive COVID 19 vaccine will be persons over 60 years of age as of January 1st, 2022 and persons between 45 and 59 years with comorbid conditions. This group will be eligible for vaccinations from March 1st 2021. Our government is strengthening its program to increase the supply of the vaccines.
So in this pandemic condition, we as good citizens must know the facts about the National Vaccination day. We all must wait for our turn for the immunization against COVID-19 and eradicate this disease too. Let us hope one day our great nation will be COVID free, and everything will turn back to normal conditions.