The government has postponed the holding of the National Immunisation Day (NID) on February 3, stated the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
According to the Ministry, the delay is owing to more stringent testing of the vaccination which will be dispatched to states for public use after clearance from the National Testing Laboratory for each batch.
The Ministry's clarification comes in response to a report that stated that there is a shortage of polio vaccines.
As per a letter procured from the Health Ministry, it has directed that NID is put off in all states barring Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala and said that "new date will be communicated in due course."
"India has eliminated polio already and as per global guidelines, introduced IPV in its Universal Immunisation Programme to safeguard the polio-free status, as there are few countries where poliovirus is still circulating, and polio is yet to be eliminated," it added.