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India: Philatelic Joy on Launching of Covid-19 Vaccination

By Sanjay Mundra

The Government of India launched Covid-19 vaccination drive on 16th January 2021,This is  world’s largest inoculation exercise against the novel corona virus.

India will administer shots to three crore frontline workers in phase one. There are 3,006 session sites across the country, where 100 beneficiaries each will be given either of India’s two indigenous vaccines,  Covaxin or Covishield. Every beneficiary will need to receive two doses of the same vaccine, 28 days apart.

Since the pandemic hit India in early 2020, over one crore and 5.42 lakh people have been infected with the disease, while close to 1.52 lakh have died. At present, Kerala and Maharashtra are reporting the highest number of daily cases.

India Post,Post administration of the country released various postmarks and special covers on the launching day of Vaccine.Many philatelic enthusiasts also prepared private covers to commemorate the day.

Special Pictorial Cancellations


COVID-19 vaccination is being administered to frontline workers all over India w.e.f. 16.01.2021. To commemorate the event and to recognize the contribution of ‘Serum Institute of India’ Hadapsar Pune ,Maharashtra Postal Circle has issued a Special Pictorial Cancellation through Hadapsar Post office Pune.Cancellation Colour-Green

Himachal Pradesh

Pictorial cancellations released from Shimla and Dharmsala with same design.

Image Courtesy:Rijul Gill


Jammu and Kashmir

Pictorial Cancellations released from Gandhinagar,Jammu and Srinagar with same design.


Special Cover’s


(Image Courtesy:Pradip Jain,Patna )





(Image Courtesy:Ushnish Dutta

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