On Sunday DGCI approved two vaccines. So here are the things you should know about India’s biggest vaccination drive and how to register yourself for it. Read details inside.
As per the recent development, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) on Sunday approved two vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute. Which is named – AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covishield and Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for emergency use against COVID-19 in the country. According to the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan recently in the first phase, the vaccine will be provided free of cost for priority group beneficiaries in all states.
Making an announcement Vardhan said. “I appeal to the people not to be misguided by rumors regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine. We will not compromise on any protocol before approving a vaccine,” He further added saying that vaccine hesitancy was an issue even when the country started polio immunization drive, but “we must remember its success.”
How lets us know who will get the vaccine first:
Those who will get the benefit are divided into two groups. The first group includes healthcare and frontline workers, while persons over 50 years. While the second group includes persons with comorbidities. But for the public, these vaccines will be available in due course of time.
Healthcare workers: According to the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. Approximately one crore healthcare workers who are working either in the government or private will be entitled to the vaccine. This group will further be divided into sub-categories that include. Frontline workers, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers, nurses and supervisors, paramedical staff, medical officers, support staff, and medical students. The data from all will be collected by health care facilities and then it will be uploaded into the Co-WIN app.
Frontline workers: The other ones who will get these vaccines are frontline workers such as. Armed forces, civil defense organizations, disaster management, home guard, prison staff, municipal workers, state police, and the people who lie under this category.
People aged above 50 years: Under this group, there will be two categories. One will be the people above the age group of 60 years and people above the age of 50 years. The age will be calculated based on the cut-off date of January 1, 2021, and anyone born on or before January 1, 1971.
How can I get the Covid-19 vaccine?
To avail of the benefit of COVID-19 vaccines, one has to register on the Co-WIN website or app. And thereafter vaccination centers will administer it to them. All those who are not health care workers will get priority based on their age. And one can also do self-registration on the Co-WIN app or website. And let us tell you that the registration is mandatory because no on the spot registration will be done. Once you register yourself then you will receive information on the site and the registered mobile number will be used to inform the eligible beneficiaries.
Documents required for registration:
Documents such as Driving licence, PAN card, bank passbook, passport, pension document, MGNERGA job card, voter ID, official IDs of MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs, government-issued service ID card, and health insurance smart card issued by Ministry of Labor will be needed for registration and please note Photo ID is mandatory for both registration and verification at the session site.
Apart from this let us inform you that you will also be vaccinated if you have been tested positive once. And the people with a high risk of the virus will also be vaccinated on priority.