The third phase of world’s largest vaccination drive starts today as India extends its vaccination for all those who are 45 or above. Earlier only those people of 60 or above and those of 45 having comorbidities were being vaccinated.
By extending this vaccination net India aims at boosting vaccination as there is an emergence of the second wave in many parts of the country.
There has been a worrying surge of Covid-19 cases in last few weeks. The Centre has asked states to find low vaccine-coverage pockets mainly in those districts which are recording high daily spikes.
India is aiming at vaccinating 30 crore people by the month of July but is too far from the target as only 6.43 doses have been administered since the start of the vaccine drive on January 16.
Those who want to get the vaccine doses have to first register themselves and book an appointment. Registration can be both online and offline.
Beneficiaries who want register themselves online can book their appointment either by CoWin or Aarogya Setu application and those who want to book offline may visit to Covid Vaccination Centre directly. The bookings can be rescheduled or cancelled through the mobile application or online portal. A digital record of every beneficiary is maintained.
Yesterday evening the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reviewed all the vaccination planning and assured that there will be no shortage of vaccines in the states and the Centre will make sure that the states have enough supplies to effectively vaccinate at large. He also said the government will also keep a check that the vaccine wastage is minimised to less than 1 per cent.
“In a country as vast and populous as ours, significant efforts have gone into strengthening end-to-end supply chain infra to ensure last-mile delivery of #COVID19 vaccine. Priority groups were inoculated first, gradually increasing coverage to other sections as well,” tweeted Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Despite the Centre extended its vaccination net to people above age 60 and those above 45 having underlying diseases on March 1, the country has seen a consistent rise in daily Covid-19 cases.
Currently two vaccines that are Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covidshield are being administered but soon the country’s drug regulator will approve seven more vaccines, said the government.