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Government seeks EC data for vaccine drive

Date: 16 January 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Election Commission (EC) has agreed to a request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to share electoral roll data for identifying the age group targeted for the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
  • The vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above 50 years of age, followed by those below 50 with associated comorbidities.
  • The priority group of above 50 may be further divided into those above 60 and those between 50 and 60 for a phased rollout.
  • The EC’s electoral roll data has been sought to identify people above the age of 50 in each polling station. The EC is now working on a format of sharing to protect elector privacy.
  • The Health Ministry wanted to understand the structure of the election machinery and how polls are conducted at the grassroots level.
  • This was done since the vaccination drive will be similar to the election process given the similarities in the scale of the two operations.