New Delhi: Corona vaccination campaign is going to start in India on January 16. This decision has been taken by a high-level committee convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare for corona vaccination. In the first phase, 1 crore healthcare workers and 2 crore frontline workers will be vaccinated for free. Then 26 crore people above the age of 50 and one crore people below 50 years who are suffering from any serious disease will be vaccinated. Delhi today became the first state to announce Covid-19 vaccination for health workers vaccinated in phase 1 of the campaign.
In the coming 1-2 days, the government will have an agreement with the vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute. However, it is not yet clear at what rate these two companies will provide the vaccine. A senior health ministry official said that the vaccine would be delivered to cold chain centers in the states by January 12. So that the vaccine reaches the different districts and vaccination centers by the state governments on time.
If the vaccine is going to reach people, then obviously people will be curious to know when I will get the vaccine, how the vaccine will be registered, if the age is below 50, how can the vaccine be used, which company will get the vaccine and what market Vaccine can also be purchased by buying from and there are many questions about which we are telling you: –
Who will get the vaccine first? Three lakh healthcare workers and six lakh frontline workers will be vaccinated in Delhi in the first two rounds by police and civil defense personnel.
Health workers: public and private According to the recommendation of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, the vaccine will first be given to approximately one crore health worker working in both government and private hospitals.
These health workers are further divided into sub-categories – frontline health and integrated child development service workers, nurses and supervisors, medical officers, paramedical staff, support staff, and students. The data has been collected from government and private healthcare facilities and is being held at CoWIN, a digital platform to carry out vaccination campaigns.
Border and municipal workers Nearly two crore frontline workers involving state and central police departments, armed forces, home guards, disaster management and civil protection organizations, prison staff, municipal workers, and revenue officials are involved in the control, surveillance, and allied activities of the coronavirus. Workers associated with the state government and ministries of defense, home, housing, and urban affairs will also be included in this phase.
Areas with high coronavirus infection States and union territories will have general flexibility to phase out the priority of rollout for identified priority areas (as decided by NEGVAC) in identified geographic areas where coronavirus infection is high.
Remaining population The remaining population will be vaccinated after covering those included in the priority list. Vaccination here will depend on the epidemiology and availability of the vaccine. To avoid overcrowding at the venue of the vaccination session, the vaccine will be given to the beneficiaries in a manner.
When will I get the vaccine? The government has created two categories above 50 years. Those who are 60 years of age or older will be given priority in applying the vaccine. After this, people between the ages of 50 and 60 will be vaccinated. Those born before January 1, 1971, will be considered to join this group. The government will decide on the basis of the availability of the vaccine when the vaccine will be used by others. The latest voter list will be used to identify people 50 and older for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
What to do to get vaccinated? Registration has to be done on the Covin app. The government has not yet released this app. Prime Minister Modi on Saturday reviewed the Covin vaccine delivery management system. The government photo ID will have to be shown at the time of registration and vaccination. However, data of one crore health workers and 20 million frontline workers are with the central and state governments. It also has sanitation workers. The government has filled the data of 79 lakh such people in the Covin app. Therefore, these three crore people will not have to register.
How will the government decide on critical illness? People below the age of 50 who have serious illnesses will get priority. Such patients will have to provide proof of their illness and they will be registered on Covin on the same basis.
Which company will be vaccinated? According to sources, in the first round, the Covishield vaccine of the Serum Institute will be sent to the state governments, because the India Biotech vaccine has not yet been tested by the Central Drugs Laboratory, located in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. 2.5 million doses of covaxin have been sent for examination. It takes at least 14 days. If the vaccine is allowed to be used without losing time, it may take from 11 to 12 January. After this, there may be a further delay of one to two days to reach the center.
Can vaccines be purchased from the market? The government has not made it clear yet. In the future, the government can take a decision on this. Currently, around 30 million doses of the Covishield vaccine are ready to be sent to the states after completing all procedures. The vaccine vial is equipped with wrappers with not-for-sale and immunization programs so that the vaccine cannot be introduced into the open market and its black marketing can be stopped. Over 20 million doses are ready in the serum factory. This batch will also be sent to CDL for early investigation. After the approval, the consignment will be sent to the states.
How to register for a Covid-19 vaccine? One has to register and go online on CoWIN website, upload an official photo identity, or do Aadhaar authentication. Validation can be through biometrics, OTP, or demographics. Once registered, the date and time will be allocated for vaccination.
There will be no registration on the spot and only pre-registered beneficiaries will be allowed to proceed for vaccination. The district administration will be responsible for session management in the vaccination system. They will approve beneficiaries for session and site allocation. CoWIN will have an inbuilt monitoring and reporting mechanism.