New Delhi (NVI): As the massive COVID-19 vaccination drive is beginning January 16, the Ministry of Health has rescheduled the National Polio Immunisation Day from January 17 to January 31.
“In the view of world’s largest immunisation exercise, it has been decided by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) in consultation with the office of the President of India to reschedule the Polio vaccination day, also known as the National Immunisation Day (NID) or “Polio Ravivar” to January 31 (Sunday),” the Health Ministry said in a statement.
It added that President Ram Nath Kovind will launch the Polio National Immunisation Day by administering Polio drops to some children at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on January 30.
The decision is in keeping with the stated policy of the Health Ministry to ensure that COVID-19 management and vaccination services, as well as non-COVID essential health services, proceed in tandem without adversely impacting each other, the statement noted.
Earlier this month, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said that polio immunisation drive will be carried out on January 17 across the country.