India expands mass COVID-19 vaccination to include citizens over 60

India expands mass COVID-19 vaccination to include citizens over 60

India has entered the next phase of the vaccination drive for the age-appropriate population of people above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities against COVID-19 on March 1.

On Monday, registration began at 9:00 am. As many as 25 Lakh beneficiaries registered on the CoWin app to get vaccination on Monday, and 4.27 lakh received COVID-19 vaccine doses on the day, according to official reports.

More than 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under the CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under state schemes function as vaccination centres.

The facility of on-site registrations has been made available so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and get inoculated.

The individuals will also be able to self-register in advance by downloading the Co-WIN 2.0 portal and through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu which will list the government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) with the date and time of the available schedules.

The beneficiaries would be able to choose the COVID-19 vaccination centre of his/her choice and book an appointment for immunisation, the ministry said.

Vaccination will be free of charge at the government vaccination centres. Those taking the COVID-19 vaccine at any designated/empanelled private health facility will have to pay a pre-fixed charge, it said.

All beneficiaries will have to carry a photo ID document like aadhar card, electoral photo identity card (EPIC) and certificate of co-morbidity for citizens in age group of 45 years to 59 years (signed by a registered medical practitioner).

All those citizens who recieved a vaccination would be captured on Co-WIN 2.0 platform and would be issued digital QR Code based provisional (on receiving the first doses) and final (on receiving second dose) certificates. These can be downloaded from the link shown in the SMS the beneficiary shall receive after the vaccination, the ministry informed.