All You Need to Know About India’s First COVID-19 Vaccination Drive: Starting from January 16


India’s first COVID-19 vaccination drive will begin on 16 January 2021. This decision was taken by the government on a Saturday meeting where Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the status of corona cases in India and the level of preparedness for it across states and union territories. But before that, there are a few queries of people which should be sorted out and some information which has to be necessarily shared among people regarding the vaccination drive.

Here is everything you need to know about the covid vaccination drive:

  1. How did India prepare itself for the vaccine campaign?

A training session was detailed out for the volunteering vaccinators and vaccine administrators who act as a crucial pillar of the vaccination exercise. 2,360 people enrolled as participants and were trained during a national-level training of trainers comprising state immunization officers, development partners, IEC officials, cold chain officers, etc.

The training of vaccination exercise has been given to 60K+ program managers, 2 Lakh+ vaccinators, and 3.7 Lakh+ other vaccination team members so far in different states, districts, and blocks.

  1. Who will get the vaccination first?

Firstly, three crore frontline workers will be vaccinated as their safety is the topmost priority because they will be the ones who will carry out the vaccination exercise across the country. And, after giving them vaccinations, the government will vaccinate those who lie in the category of 50+ years of age, followed by those who are under 50 years of age with comorbidities, which are around 27 crores.

  1. Which COVID vaccines are approved in India?

Only two vaccines have been approved so far on 3 January 2021 only in the case of emergency, and those approved vaccines are – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield. Except for these two, there are seven other vaccines in line. Prominent names among them are Zydus Cadila’s ZyCov-D which has been approved for phase 3 trial, and Russia Sputnik vaccine has a tie-up with Dr. Reddy’s and Pfizer-Biotech vaccine.

  1. How to register for the vaccine?

You can register on the Co-Win app which will be launching soon. However, the application is in the pre-product stage. It comprises data of health officials who will be first in line to get the vaccination. 75 Lakh+ health officials have already registered for it.

It has been advised by the government not to download any third-party application which claims to give vaccination or ask for your personal information at the time of registration. When the Co-Win application will be launched, then it provides real-time information on vaccine stocks, and their storage temperature too.

  1. What documents will be required at the time of registration?

Driving license, PAN card, Aadhaar card, Passbooks issued by banks/post office, pension document, passport, service ID card issued by central/state government, Voter ID card, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of labor ministry, MGNREGA job card, official ID card issued by MPs/MLAs/MLCs.

  1. Do a COVID recovery person has to receive the vaccine?

Yes, in order to develop a better immune response against the virus, it is advisable to receive a vaccine irrespective of the past history of COVID-19.

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