India has started its second phase of vaccination drive from today morning. This phase aims at vaccinating 10 crore people out of which some 1.5 crore people have been given the doses.
All the states and UTs are asked to keep a plan ready and a time to upgrade the vaccination facilities in both the government and private hospitals. They are asked to keep an eye on the administration of vaccine that how effectively the target is being achieved.
Additional training will be given to all the health workers and the staff who will be involved in the administration of vaccination drive, informed the health ministry.
People above the age of 60 and also those above 45 with underlying diseases are allowed to take vaccines in this phase. The government has released a list of 20 comorbidities which are covered under this phase of vaccination.
Here are those 20 comorbidities covered under the list:
1. Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year
2. Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
3. Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40%)
4. Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease
5. Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
6. Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
7. Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment
8. CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
9. Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
10. Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment
11. Kidney/Liver/Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list.
12. End stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD
13. Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications
14. Decompensated cirrhosis
15. Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI <50%
16. Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
17. Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020 or currently on any cancer therapy
18. Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
19. Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
20. Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness
There is a development in this phase that those who want to get vaccinated in second phase will have to get themselves registered on the newly launched Co-Win application. Registration on Co-Win 2.0 portal – www.cowin.gov.in – opened at 9am today.
The beneficiaries can self-register themselves in advance by just downloading the Co-Win application or other IT application of Aarogya setu.
The beneficiaries can book their appointment within a particular time slot and also at any Covid Vaccination Centres (CVC) as per his/her suitability. After the booking of an appointment the CVCs will get to know the booked beneficiaries with their details and time slots.
The registration can be done with beneficiary’s phone number and in return he will get an OTP through which his account will be created. Four people can register from one application and one can also get their family members registered in his account.
Those who are unable to register themselves via app can directly visit the vaccination centre with the required documents to get themselves registered for booking an appointment.
The required documents include a government ID for those who are above the age of 60 and also a medical certificate with the details of underlying diseases for those above the age of 45.
Those who have registered online can upload their certificate in the app itself else they can take it with themselves in a hard copy to the vaccination centre.
The vaccination cost is free at government centres but paid at private centres at Rs 250 per dose.
Under the Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, 10,000 private hospitals are occupied for the vaccination drive. Additionally over 600 hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme and many more private hospitals in states are involved in the vaccination.
India recorded the lowest case tally in the month of February which stood at 3,53,750, since 9 months as around 4.7 lakh cases were recorded in the month of January.