NEW DELHI: India will begin administering the precaution dose of Covid vaccine to healthcare and frontline staff, and comorbid individuals aged 60 and above from Monday in a bid to stymie the coronavirus unfold pushed by its Omicron variant.
Personnel deployed in election responsibility in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa have additionally been designated as frontline staff.
Union Well being Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in a tweet on Sunday, stated reminder SMSes have been despatched to over one crore healthcare and frontline staff and senior residents for his or her precaution dose.
An estimated 1.05 crore healthcare and 1.9 crore frontline staff, and a pair of.75 crore comorbid individuals within the 60 plus age group could be administered the precaution dose in accordance with schedule, Well being Ministry sources stated.
There could be no mix-and-match of vaccines for the precaution dose.
The beneficiaries could be given the identical vaccine as their earlier two jabs.
In line with pointers issued by the Union Well being Ministry, the hole between the date of administering the second dose of vaccine and the precaution dose could be 9 months (39 weeks).
CoWIN will ship reminder messages to all these eligible for this dose and after administration of the shot, will probably be famous within the digital vaccination certificates.
On-line appointments for precaution dose started on the CoWin portal on Saturday night.
Nevertheless, there’s additionally the choice of an onsite appointment and it’ll begin on January 10.
“The federal government is guaranteeing the safety of the well being military that retains the nation safe. Reminder SMS have been despatched to a couple of crore well being and frontline staff and 60+ residents for his or her precaution dose. Appointments on COWIN are already open. Administering the doses will begin tomorrow,” Mandaviya stated in a tweet in Hindi.
In line with the Well being Ministry, non-public hospitals that perform as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres can inoculate their eligible workers members.
These aged 60 years and above with comorbidities is not going to be required to supply or submit any certificates from a health care provider on the time of administration of the precautionary dose of vaccine.
The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 final 12 months with healthcare staff getting inoculated within the first section.
The vaccination of frontline staff began from February 2.
The subsequent section of inoculation commenced from March 1 for individuals over 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid circumstances.
The nation launched vaccination for all individuals aged greater than 45 years from April 1.
The federal government then determined to broaden its vaccination drive by permitting everybody above 18 to be vaccinated from Might 1.
COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents within the age group of 15-18 years commenced from January 3.