INDIA BEGINS ITS 3 RD PHASE OF VACCINATION FOR PEOPLE ABOVE THE AGE OF 45

Highlights:

•        India is rigorously inoculating people

•        It is already at its third phase and has approved Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute’s Covisheild

The Indian government’s Covid-19 inoculation drive which began in January 2021, has completed its second phase in March 2021.

The third phase will begin from April 2021 during which people above the age of 45 can now opt for vaccines. The registrations can be made via :

–        the government portal CoWin or

–        People can visit the nearest vaccination centre and opt for on-site registration. The centres shall be open for the same post at 3.00 pm.

The first phase was meant for the frontline workers as well as the essential service providers, sanitation workers, defence and police personnel as well as paramilitary forces.

The second phase was rolled out in March for people above 60. This phase also inoculated people aged 45 and above with co-morbid conditions.

India is vaccinating with two vaccines made in India:  Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute’s Covisheild. While both the vaccines need two dosages, Covaxin has to be taken at a gap of 28 days. Covisheild has the same rules; however, the next vaccine can be taken up to eight weeks too.

The vaccines are administered in government centres as well as private hospitals. The capping of vaccine costs at private hospitals is at Rs. 250/- per dose.