After the horrible year 2020 there is finally a visible end to COVID-19 as the government started with the dry run for its vaccination at most of the states. The selected people will soon get the first vaccination shot. Preparation for administering doses at vaccine centres, logistics requirement and other arrangements are also at full swing. DCGI which is the Country’s top drug regulator, has approved Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use.
Harsh Vardhan the Union Health Minister recently announced that vaccination in its first phase for healthcare warriors in all states will be absolutely free. He also said “I appeal to the people not to be misguided by rumours regarding safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine. We will not compromise on any protocol before approving a vaccine.” He also said that there was a hesitancy even at the time of polio vaccination but he has urged poeole to not to forget its success.
Here’s everything you need to know about India’s biggest vaccination drive and how to register yourself as beneficiaries:
*Who will get the vaccine first?
– Healthcare workers:
Around 1 crore health care workers will be in the first line to be inoculated as per the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC).
Frontline workers, Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS), workers, nurses and supervisors, paramedics staff, medical officers, support staff and medical students are priority group which are further divided as sub-categories.
1) Frontline workers:
Two crore frontline workers employed with central and state Police services, armed forces, civil defence organisation, disaster management, home guard, prison staff, municipal workers, revenue officials working with COVID-19 surveillance and other associated activities. Workers associated with state government and ministries of defence, urban affairs, housing will also receive the vaccination in the first phase
2) People aged above 50 years:
The people of age group of 60 years and people above age of 50 years with com-morbilities will be included in this group. Latest electrol roll of Assembly or Lok Sabha elections will be used as a reference to identify population distribution and immunisation. Age will be calculated based on the cut off date of 1st January 2021 and anyone born on or before 1st January 1971 will fall under this category.
3) Areas recording high Covid-19 infection rate:
The priority phasing has been handed over to the particular states keeping in mind the spread of the virus is high.
4) Remaining population:
Population below 50 years of age with associated comorbidities based on the evolving pandemic situation like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, lung diseases etc and finally to the remaining population based on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.
*How to register for vaccination at session site?
Common Service centres need to be utilized for self-registration and identity certification of the general population. Self-registration module will be made available in the later phases of implementation. Individuals can select the method of authentication from the following methods:
•Biometric: With this demographic details of the individual from name to a permanent address in Aadhaar card will autofill the platform.
•OTP Authentication: An OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number with an Aadhaar card. If the OTP authentication is successful, demographic details of the individual as per the Aadhaar will auto-populate.
•Demographic Authentication: An individual can also enter all demographic details manually i.e. Name, DoB, gender and select Demo Authentication. A green tick will appear confirming the same.
An individual interested to register will be required to provide photo identity from one of the following:
· Aadhaar Card;
· Driving License;
· Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour;
· MNREGA Job Card;
Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs;
· PAN Card;
· Passbook issued by Bank/Post Office;
· Pension Document;
· Service Identity Card issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/ Public Limited Companies;
· Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR;
· Voter ID
Photo identity can either be uploaded on Co-WIN system (in PDF, JPG or PNG file formats) or can be pulled from the existing Digi Locker account of the individual
Once registered, date and time will be allocated for vaccination. There will be no spot registration facility and only pre-registered beneficiaries will be allowed to proceed with vaccination.