COVID-19 Vaccination to citizens above 60 years age from 1st March


Bhubaneswar: February 26: The nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination drive was launched on 16th January, 2021.

From 1st March, Vaccine will be given to citizens above 60 years of age and those within the age bracket of 45-59 years with specified co-morbidity.

Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary along with Dr. R. S. Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN) and member, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 (NEGVAC) chaired a high-level meeting today with Health Secretaries and MDs (NHM) of States and UTs on the vaccination of age-appropriate groups through a video conference (VC) today.

The States and UTs were explained the basic features of version 2.0 of the digital platform CO-Win, which is a population-scale software with capacity of processing several thousands of entries. The new phase of vaccination of age-appropriate groups will expand the COVID vaccination in the country manifold. With a citizen –centric approach, the fundamental shift in this phase is that citizens in the identified age groups, as also those healthcare workers and frontline who have been missed out or left out of the present phase of vaccination, can select vaccination centres of their choice. Secondly, the private sector hospitals will be involved as COVID Vaccination centres to harness their potential to expand the vaccination capacities.

It was pointed out that all COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) must be health facilities as Government health facilities such as SHCs, PHCs, CHCs, Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres, Sub-Division Hospitals, District Hospitals and Medical College Hospitals; All Private Hospitals empanelled under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PM JAY) and similar State Health Insurance Schemes.

All beneficiaries, regardless of the mode of access, must be advised to carry any one of the photo ID document like Aadhar Card/Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC)/The Photo ID card specified at the time of registration in case of online registration (if not Aadhar or EPIC)/Certificate of co-morbidity for citizens in age group of 45 years to 59 years (signed by a registered medical practitioner)/Employment certificate/ Official Identity Card – (either but with photo and date of birth) for HCWs and FLWs.

Vaccination will be free of charge at the Government Vaccination Centres. The beneficiary will have to show a photo ID document for proof of age (preferably Aadhar card or EPIC card) and certificate of co-morbidity (if required). Those taking the COVID vaccine at any designated/empanelled private health facility will have to pay a pre-fixed charge.

States and UTs have been asked to keep a Vaccination Scale-up Plan ready which will include the  granular weekly and fortnightly plans for scaling up the vaccination sites both within the government and private facilities and also the number of vaccine doses administered. (PIB Inputs)



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