Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India is ready for the world’s biggest vaccination drive against Covid-19. “World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India. For this, the country is proud of the contributions of its scientists and technicians,” Modi said while delivering the inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave 2021. The government is geared up for administering Covid vaccines in India, answering the general questions about its rollout as to when, how and who will receive the shots.
The Centre is hoping to vaccinate 25-30 crore people by July, with priority being given to healthcare and frontline workers. For the Covid-19 vaccination programme, citizens will be able to self-register on the purpose-built Co-WIN application. The platform has been created by the government to help coordinate the massive inoculation process.
The Covid-19 vaccination will be a herculean task keeping in mind the 1.3 billion population in the country. While many people want an injection as soon as possible, few are worried, while some are sceptical. To clear all doubts related to safety and other concerns about Covid-19 vaccines, the government has answered some FAQs to know more about the inoculation drive.
-Two doses of vaccine, 28 days apart, need to be taken by an individual to complete the vaccination schedule.
-Protective levels of antibodies are generally developed two weeks after receiving the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
-Covid vaccine is safe and is introduced only after regulatory clearances from an appropriate authority. As is true for other vaccines, the common side effects in some individuals could be a mild fever, pain. The government has asked the states to make arrangements to deal with any Covid-19 vaccine-related side-effects.
-Following online registration, the beneficiary will receive SMS on their mobile number about the due date, place and time of vaccination.
-On getting due doses of Covid-19 vaccine, the beneficiary will receive SMS on their mobile number.
-After all doses of vaccine are administered, a QR code-based certificate will also be sent on their number.
-Registration is mandatory for Covid-19 vaccination. Only after registration, the information on the session site and time will be shared.
-Photo ID is a must for both registration and verification at the session site.
Documents needed for Covid vaccines in India
Aadhaar, DL, Voter ID, PAN, Passport, Job Card, pension document, Official identity cards issued to MPs, MLAs, MLCs. Passbooks issued by banks/post office. Service ID Card issued by Central, state govt or public limited companies.
-Eligible beneficiaries will be informed through their registered mobile number regarding the health facility for vaccination and its scheduled time.
-The vaccine will first be provided to people in priority groups. In subsequent phases, the vaccine will be made available to all others in need.
-It is advisable to receive a complete schedule of the vaccine irrespective of the past history of infection as it will help in developing a strong immune response.
On Sunday, the country’s drugs regulator gave a green signal to two Covid vaccines in India. One was the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.