In most states, the government began with the dry run for vaccination with Covid-19. A portion of the population will soon get their first shot of the vaccine. Preparations for vaccine centre dosing, logistics requirements and other plans are now in full swing. The top drug regulator in the world, DGCi, is expected to announce the approval of a vaccine candidate for emergency use.
Union Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan recently declared that vaccination for all priority group beneficiaries would be free in its first step. I advise people not to be fooled by rumours about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Before authorising a vaccine, we will not compromise on any procedure," Vardhan said, stressing that vaccine hesitation was a problem even when the country began the drive for polio immunisation, but "we must note its progress.
Here’s what you need to know about the largest vaccination campaign in India and how to enrol yourself as a beneficiary:
Who’s going to get the vaccine first:
Healthcare workers: One crore health staff working with both government and private hospitals will be first in the line to be inoculated, according to the recommendations of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC)
As frontline personnel, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers, nurses and managers, paramedical staff, medical officers, support staff and medical students, the priority category was further divided into sub-categories.
Frontline workers: Two crore frontline personnel working by central and state police, armed forces, civil defence agency, disaster management, home guard, jail officers, municipal employees, Covid-19 surveillance revenue officials and other related operations.