COVID Vaccine in India: All you need to know about the latest approved vaccine and its registration process

India is all set to roll out its COVID Vaccine. On Sunday, the government tweeted a three part video series to answer all the questions about the vaccination process. Will the vaccine be given simultaneously to everyone? Are you eligible to take the vaccine? What is the registration process? When will antibodies develop?

Recently, Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech have been approved by the drug regulator centre of India, with government’ guidance. Our Union Health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan took to his twitter handle to say, “I appeal to the people not to be misguided by rumours regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine. We will not compromise on any protocol before approving a vaccine,”

There were a lot of questions which were addressed by the AIIMS director in the video released by Union Health Ministry on Sunday. Here is a glimpse of all the queries addressed by the AIIMS chief, Dr. Randeep Guleria:

Will the COVID vaccine be given simultaneously to everyone? Who will get it first?

To start the vaccination with, the government has decided various priority groups based on risk factors. The more risk prone individuals will get the COVID vaccine first. These groups include Healthcare workers(both public and private), frontline and municipal workers, population above 50 years of age, population below 50 years of age who suffer from various other illnesses, and then the rest of the population. The corona warriors are risking their lives during this pandemic and are more risk-prone, thus its essential to vaccinate them the earliest. This COVID vaccine needs to be taken in two doses, 28 days apart, to complete the vaccination schedule. The preparation and well planned schedule for administering the vaccine has started with full swing and the vaccine centres and the healthworkers under government’s guidance have pulled their socks up to begin the dry run in various states and UTs. This first phase vaccination for priority group beneficiaries will be free of cost.

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What is the registration process for the COVID vaccine? Here’s a step by step guide for the complete process

In order to get vaccinated, its mandatory to register for the same. There’s no on the spot registration allowed, only pre registered individuals from the beneficiary group will get the COVID vaccine. The information regarding the date, venue and time of the vaccination will be issued on the session site only after registration. The beneficiaries will also be informed regarding the same through their registered mobile numbers. This will limit the inconveniences during vaccination process.

The government has announced Co-Win app, a digital platform for real-time monitoring of vaccine. It will also enable people to get themselves registered for vaccination. Common Service centres will also be there for self-registration and identity verification of the general population. This registration can be done either by biometrics, or by OTP authentication or manually. Any of the following documents can be provided for photo verification at the time of registration: Driving license, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of labour ministry, MGNREGA job card, official ID cards issued by MPs/MLAs/MLCs, PAN card, passbooks issued by banks/post office, passport, pension documents, service ID cards issued to employees by central/state govt/Public Ltd Companies or Voter ID cards.

Photo ID is mandatory for both registration and verification at session site to ensure that the intended person is vaccinated. The antibodies are likely to develop within two weeks of administration of the vaccine. We hope this COVID vaccine will prove out to be successful and will help to redeem the grievances of the masses.

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