Covid vaccination 2.0: India is going to start the vaccination of people above 60 years and individuals above 45 years of age having comorbidities against coronavirus, from 1 March. The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched on 16 January 2021. From this date onwards, Health Care Workers (HCWs) were given the first dose of the vaccine while Front Line Workers (FLWs) were included from 2 February 2021. So far, more than 1.5 core vaccinations have been done.
Vaccination for people above 45 with co-morbidities
The 20 co-morbidities which have been prioritised include diabetes, heart failure with hospital admission in the past one year, post-cardiac transplant, moderate or severe valvular heart disease, end-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis, a severe respiratory disease with hospitalisation in the last two years, primary immunodeficiency diseases/HIV infection and angina and hypertension/diabetes on treatment.
The simplified one-page certificate to be signed by any registered medical practitioner. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC.
To ramp up the COVID vaccination capacity manifold, a significantly large number of private facilities is being involved. Around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Govts. Health Insurance Schemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs). Health Departments of State Governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitals so that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive as CVCs. A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority.
In addition, there would be government health facilities that will be used as CVCs such as medical college hospitals, district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, Health Sub Centers and Health and Wellness Centers. Geo reference maps with GPS coordinates of all these health facilities have been prepared that will serve as CVCs and these Geo referenced maps are being shared with the States.
Covid-19 vaccination 2.0: What is the cost
The government covid Vaccination Centers will offer free vaccination for all with the Central Government bearing the full cost of the vaccination. States have been explained that the private hospitals functioning as CVCs can charge subject to a ceiling of Rs. 250 per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism in this regard.
Methods of registration and timing
States were explained the three methods of registration i.e. Advance Self Registration, Onsite Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration.
Registration will open at 9 am on 1st March 2021 (at www.cowin.gov.in). Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu etc.
Documents required for online registration
Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
NPR Smart Card
Pension Document with a photograph
Meanwhile, as many as 16,752 new coronavirus cases and 113 deaths were reported in India during the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday.
With this, the total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,10,96,731. At present, there are 1,64,511 active cases. 6 States – Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat- have shown a surge in new cases in the last 24 hours.