The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for 65 lakh individuals aged above 45 will start on Thursday. The first phase, beginning January 16, lined healthcare employees and frontline employees whereas jabs got to individuals aged 60 and above, and people in 45-59 age bracket with comorbidities within the second phase from March 1.
According to the federal government’s order, within the third phase, individuals aged 45 and above as on January 1, 2022 are eligible for vaccination, irrespective of their comorbidity standing.
While the vaccines can be administered free of value at authorities hospitals and well being centres, whereas as much as Rs 250 per dose (together with Rs 100 service cost per dose) can be charged at non-public well being amenities.
People can e-book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination by way of CoWIN – a authorities portal. Beneficiaries even have an choice to go for on-site registration. People can go to the closest vaccination centre after 3 pm and select on-site registration.
“From April 1 all people above 45 years of age will be eligible for vaccination. Advance appointment can be booked through cowin.gov.in. If you don’t want to do this, you can go to your nearest vaccination centre after 3 pm and go for on-site registration,” Union Health Secretary R Bhushan mentioned on Tuesday.
India had granted emergency use authorisation to 2 COVID-19 vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin. While Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum (*45*) of India, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International is manufacturing Covaxin.
According to the federal government’s order, the 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can be given at an interval of 28 days. The second dose of Covishield may be given as much as eight weeks after the primary.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has mentioned that each Indian vaccines are protected and efficient. “A lot of people still have doubts regarding vaccines. I urge them not to believe what is being circulated in WhatsApp university,” he mentioned.
According to authorities information, the cumulative quantity of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered within the nation has crossed 6.43 crore.