Anyone beyond 18 years old can go in to the closest vaccination center to get registered on the CoWIN online portal and be vaccinated against COVID-19, said the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday evening.
It isn’t compulsory to pre-register on the web or book an appointment to get the vaccine, the government said, as it tries to build the speed of vaccinations and tackle the ‘vaccine hesitancy’ it has censured for the slow rollout of vaccines in parts of the country, including rural regions.
‘Vaccine hesitancy’, the government said last week, is “a globally accepted phenomenon and should be addressed by scientifically studying the issue at the community level”. It said it was sharing a ‘Covid-19 Vaccine Communication Strategy’ with state/UT governments.
This was after two occurrences – one from Uttar Pradesh, where an older lady hid behind a drum to avoid an vaccination team, and another from Madhya Pradesh, where an vaccination team was assaulted by residents – featured hesitancy revealed from rural and tribal regions.
Vaccine hesitancy has likewise been blamed for the helpless pace of vaccination in Tamil Nadu, which has one of the better medical facilities in Indian states yet is among the last five as far as vaccinations.
The government has effectively opened up walk-in vaccinations for individuals more than 18.
Specialists think vaccinating individuals in the 18-44 age bunch – the country’s biggest segment – is important to having the option to lift limitations and attempt and re-start economic and commercial movement.
On Tuesday the nation recorded less than 61,000 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours – the lowest every day figure since March 31. The declining pattern in every day new cases – that number stayed underneath the one lakh-mark for an eighth consecutive day – proposes the second wave has peaked.
The government, however, has been encouraged to build the pace of vaccination fully expecting what many accept is an unavoidable third wave, which could strike inside the year.
Last month Dr M Vidyasagar, an IIT (Hyderabad) teacher who is a part of government team entrusted with anticipating the infection’s spread, news organization PTI told: “…vaccination has to be ramped up… if not then there is a possibility of a third wave in 6-8 months.”
Almost 26 crore dosages of vaccines have been administered in India up until now, yet the seven-day normal plunged to around 13 lakh each day last month – when the second wave was at its worst.
It has risen drastically since – to a seven-day normal of more than 31 lakh each day – yet it should be a lot higher, specialists say, to guarantee a critical level of the weak population is shielded from the infection and its developing (and more aggressive) mutations.
At present just around 3.3% of the population is completely vaccinated and around 11% has gotten one jab. The government, which has been condemned for its national vaccination policy, has said it will vaccinate every eligible individual – around 108 crore – before the year’s over.