New Delhi: India has today expanded its coronavirus vaccination programme. After inoculating approximately 30 crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase, the country now plans to vaccinate people above 60 and those below the age with co-morbidities.
While the first phase saw only government inoculating people at their designated centres, in the second phase private hospitals have also been permitted to administer coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine will be available for free at the government centres, but private hospitals will charge Rs 250 per dose.
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 are authorised to inoculate the citizens.
The Centre has specified 20 comorbidities among people between 45 and 59 years eligible for receiving the vaccine shots. Meanwhile, all the citizens that have attained the age of 60 or more as on January 1, 2022 will be administered the jab irrespective of co-morbidities.
For the comfort of beneficiaries, Centre has also started the self registration on Co-WIN portal. The portal can be accessed at https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in/
Here’re some major developments to this story.
*PM Narendra Modi, 70, was administer the covid-19 vaccine shot today morning at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). In the coming days, all Union Ministers, MLAs and MP’s are expected to receive the vaccine shot.
*India has two authorised vaccines — Covisheild and Covaxin, against the virus. While Covishield has been manufactured by Serum Institute of India in collaboration with AstraZeneca and Oxford University, Covaxin is an indegenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech.
*More vaccines are likely to be granted for emergency use for use in the coming months, including Russia’s Sputnik-V and Cadila Healthcare’s ZyCov-D.
*India with the world’s second largest population saw world’s biggest vaccination drive taking place with the country becoming fastest to inoculate one million people in just six days. The vaccination drive in India began on January 16.
*India, which is world’s second worst country by the pandemic following the United States, has seen surge in covid cases in past two weeks. On Sunday, the country reported 16,572 new cases.