Union Cabinet decided to open vaccination drive for anyone above 45 years starting April 1. Prakash Javadekar said there will be no need for medical certificates attesting co-morbidities. India's vaccination drive entered the second phase from March 1, 2021. Senior citizens and those above 45 years with co-morbidities were eligible to take vaccine. Medical certificates were mandatory for people between 45-59 years. Centre aims to speed up the vaccination pace amid a steep rise in Covid-19 cases. In past few weeks, several states urged the Centre to open vaccination for all.