1 min read.Updated: 05 Jan 2021, 06:33 PM IST Edited By Anulekha Ray
Following the recommendations of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, the state government has started identifying beneficiaries
India will soon start mega vaccination drive against coronavirus infection across the country. The healthcare and frontline workers and those above 50 years old will receive the jab on a priority basis. India on Sunday approved the restricted emergency use of two vaccines against novel coronavirus — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.
Following the recommendations of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, the state government has started identifying beneficiaries. Nearly 30 crore people will receive the vaccine during the first phase of vaccination.
The COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system — a digitalised platform — will be used to track enlisted beneficiaries for the vaccination and coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis. At the vaccination site, only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated in accordance with the prioritization, the health ministry earlier said. There will be no provision for on the-spot registrations. Once the registration is complete, the beneficiary will receive SMS on their registered mobile number on the due date, place and time of vaccination. The photo-identity documents, including Voter ID, Aadhar card, driving license, passport and pension document, will be required for self-registration on the Co-WIN website, it added.
However, healthcare and frontline workers do not need to register themselves for vaccination. "Healthcare workers and frontline workers would not need to register themselves as a beneficiary as their data is bulk database that has been populated on the Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system in a bulk manner," said Rajesh Bhushan, health secretary.
Here are the priority groups that will receive vaccine during the first phase: (i) Approximately one crore, healthcare workers (HCWs) healthcare providers and workers in healthcare setting, (ii) About two crore frontline Workers (FLWs) which includes personnel from state and central police, armed forces, home guards, civil defence and disaster management volunteers, municipal workers, (iii) Approximately 27 crore prioritized age group population above 50 years and persons below 50 years with associated co-morbidities.
Union ministry of health and family affairs on Tuesday said that the government is prepared to roll out COVID-19 vaccines within 10 days of granting emergency use authorisation. "Based on feedback of dry-run, govt said it is ready to introduce COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days from date of emergency use authorisation," said Bhashan while briefing the media.