How will I get the coronavirus vaccine in India? Who will get it first? There are a lot of queries we had until a series of the video released by the Union Health Ministry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Sunday, 3rd January. The government is all set to run the dry vaccination process in almost all the states in India. In fact, the preparation of administering has started at full swing at vaccine centres, logistics requirements and other things.
The drug regulator centre in India has approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech. They have instructed for restricted emergency use of the covid-19 vaccine in our country. Mr Harsh Vardhan, who is the Union Health Minister, recently announced that the vaccination process is still in its first phase for priority group beneficiaries in all states which will be free. “I appeal to the people not to be misguided by rumours regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine. We will not compromise on any protocol before approving a vaccine,”
Here’s all you need to know about coronavirus vaccination. A step-by-step guide for you:
Who Will Get The Vaccine First?
1. Healthcare workers: Public and private
National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration said that the priority group will be crore healthcare workers working in both government and private hospitals. These healthcare workers have further been divided into sub-categories i.e frontline health and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers, nurses and supervisors, paramedical staff, support staff, medical officers, and students.
2. Frontline and municipal workers
Frontline workers employed with central and state Police services, civil defence organization, armed forces, disaster management, prison staff, home guard, municipal workers, revenue officials working with Covid-19 surveillance and other, almost two crore workers will be getting access.
3. Population above 50 years of age
There are two sub-categories i.e above 60 and 50-60 years of age.
4. High COVID-19 infected areas
States and Union Territories at their discretion can do priority phasing of vaccine roll out in geographical areas where the infection spread pretty high.
5. Remaining population
Below 50 years of age will be getting the vaccine based on the evolving pandemic a situation like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, lung diseases etc
How To Register Yourself For The Vaccination Process?
Common Service centres will be there for self-registration and identity certification of the general population. People can select the method of authentication from the following methods:
The demographic details of the individual and the name to a permanent address in Aadhaar card will autofill the platform.
An OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number with the Aadhaar card. If the OTP authentication is done, demographic details of the individual as per the Aadhaar will auto-generate.
One can enter all demographic details manually i.e. Name, DoB, gender and select Demo Authentication. After that, an individual will be required to provide photo identity from one of the following: Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Health Insurance, Smart Card, MNREGA Job Card, Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, PAN Card, Passbook issued by Bank/Post Office, Passport, Pension Document.
Date and time will be allocated for vaccination. No spot registration facility is there. Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be allowed to proceed with vaccination.
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