The sitting and retired Supreme Court judges will not be allowed to choose between Covaxin and Covishield vaccines, the Health Ministry clarified on Monday. The judges and family members of the apex court will be inoculated against the coronavirus from Tuesday onward. 

The health ministry further said that the vaccination process will be completely done through the CoWIN system, thus the judges will not be able to choose between the two vaccines. 

"Supreme Court judges are not allowed to choose between Covaxin or Covishield. It will be entirely through the Co-Win system. Government facility (CGHS dispensary) within the Supreme Court to be used," the ministry said.

The second phase of the Coronavirus immunisation drive for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities has started from March 1 and with registration on the Co-WIN portal beginning from Monday at 9 am. 

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Delhi-based AIIMS at 6 am to avoid media attention and to not cause any inconvenience to the general public. The prime minister took his first dose of the Covaxin homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech and called upon those people who are eligible for the vaccine shot to come forward without hesitancy and receive their jabs. He tweeted and informed the people that it is safe and said we will together win this war against the virus. 



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