The Central government has announced in its new notification on April 7 that it will allow COVID-19 vaccination sessions at workplaces that are having 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries from April 11.

The programme will be launched on April 11 and states and Union Territories have been asked to make adequate preparations.

The vaccine will be available for people aged 45 years and above, the government said, amid a huge demand to allow its access to all adults. Recent figures from the health ministry have showed that younger people including children, are vulnerable to the disease in the second wave.

Covid-19 sessions may be organised at workplaces which have about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries, by tagging these workplaces with an existing covid vaccination centre,” Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to all states and UTs.

The sessions will still require beneficiaries to register on the Co-Win portal prior to vaccination, and the workplace management will designate one of its senior staff members to be the nodal officer for coordinating with district health authorities or private Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) and support vaccination activities.

The announcement comes at a time when over 43 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, taking the total doses given in the country so far to 8,31,10,926, according to the Union health ministry data updated on April 6.

Meanwhile India on April 7 recorded the biggest-ever daily surge with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 1,28,01,785. This makes India now the 4th-worst hit country in terms of active cases.