Recently, the drug’s regulator of India approved Covid-19 vaccine , on 3rd Jan 2021. Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech are the two vaccines which might save India. The Union Ministry of Health and family welfare has issued guidelines for the Covid-19 vaccine in India in the first phases.

It has become a topic to debate about both companies whose vaccines have been approved. The central government will distribute the vaccines among the states taking the suggestions by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration. The whole Covid 19 Vaccination process will be similar to the elections process.

Here’s all you need to know about how to register for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Who will get the Covid-19 vaccine first?

  • Healthcare workers

One crore health workers working with both government and private hospitals will inoculate first as per the announcement of The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC). Further, the health workers will get divided into sub-categories of frontline workers and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)workers. The nurses and supervisors, medical staff, support teams, and medical students will also be under this list.

CoWIN (Covid Vaccines Intelligence Work) will need the data from both the sectors. Central Government introduced this digital platform to maintain the information about the distribution of the vaccine system.

  • Frontline workers

Two crore frontline workers are connected with central and state government services.  Services such as police forces, armed forces, civil services, home guard department, prison staff, workers engaged in contentment region, municipal workers, and revenue officials associated with Covid-19 surveillance and other activities.

Fellow workers connected with state government and ministries of defense, urban affairs, and housing will also receive the vaccination in the first phase.

  • People aged above 50 years

The vaccination process among people above 50 years is divided into two age groups. One group above 60 years and another one in between 50-60 years of age. As per the latest update of Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections will be the criteria to identify the age group.

People born on or before 1st Jan 1971 will come under this category. Age will be calculated till 1st Jan 2021 for the vaccination process.

  • Contaminant zone

The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has decided that the State Government and Union Territories have the authority to distribute the vaccine too high infected areas or contaminant zones.

  • Vaccine for the remaining population

Only after the priority members are covered, the vaccine will reach the remaining population. The vaccination will further distribute depending upon the availability and disease of the person. People with diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, lung diseases, etc. will be on the priority list.

How to register for the Covid-19 vaccine in India?

The vaccine will not be available for common people in the starting days. First frontline health workers will get the vaccine shots, then it will be available for the rest of the population. The self-registration module will get implement once CoWIN App gets ready to download from the google play store and website which will give the options to register all types of data i.e. self, individual, and in bulk.

Here’s how it will be done:

  •         Get register on the CoWIN Website
  •         When enrolled, date and time will be assigned for inoculation
  •         There will be no on the spot enrollment and just pre-enlisted recipients will be permitted to continue for the immunization.
  •         District administration will be answerable for the vaccination process under CoWIN system. They will endorse the recipients for meeting and site distribution. CoWIN will have an inbuilt observing and detailing instrument.

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How the Covid-19 Vaccination Team is distributed?

The vaccination team is distributed to 5 members for assisting the process under the guidelines of the Covid-19 vaccine in India. The people who have registered for register for Covid-19 Vaccine will get the vaccine under the supervision of individual officers.

Role: Vaccination Officer 1: In-control for pre-checking registration status of the recipient and personal ID confirmation prior to going into the vaccination process.

Vaccination Officer 2: Responsible for confirming/checking the documents submitted in the Co-WIN system (Health/ICDS/other government divisions for example political decision model)

Vaccination Officer 3:

In-charge of inoculating the recipients (Doctors, Staff Nurse, Pharmacist, ANM, LHV). After attending proper training vaccination will be conducted as it is an intramuscular vaccine.

Vaccination Officer 4 and 5: Responsible to manage the crowd and 30-min observation ensuring if the recipient is not suffering from side effects.

Where will you get vaccinated for Covid In India?

Vaccination sites are allotted under the observation of medical administration.

Fixed Session Sites: With the presence of both government and private hospital staff is considered a fixed Covid-19 vaccination session site.

Outreach Session Sites: Despite medicals, schools, colleges, community halls, etc. is considered as an outreach session site.

Special Remote Sites: There are various remote areas where medical facilities cannot reach such as tribal regions, border areas, etc. District administrations have to distribute the team as per the requirements.

 Final Note

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will conduct the guidelines for the Covid-19 vaccine in India under the observation. Though the vaccine is voluntary, not mandatory for everyone. However, the government has suggested the common people take the vaccine to complete the dosage.  People with any critical diseases will be on the priority list.

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