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NEW DELHI: It was the first day of the Covid vaccination for the elderly, but it seemed they couldn’t wait. No vacillation hesitation was evident, as despite the window being open for only a few hours, the vaccination sites saw great excitement, a lot of rush, and long lines.
The campaign began on Monday in 303 centers in the capital, and by the end of the day 15,521 people were vaccinated, about 50% of the target. 5,176 people older than 60 years and 1,009 between 45 and 59 years with 20 specified comorbid conditions were included. Only one adverse event was reported.
Older people and their families flocked to receive the vaccine on the first day. The initial lack of simplification of the process led to some setbacks and there were heated exchanges in various places, although nodal medical officers assured that the overall process will improve in a couple of days.

The golden generation sees a ray of light in the vaccine | India News

Brij Bihari Lal Sharma (74), who showed up early in the morning at the Rajiv Gandhi Superspecialty Hospital, said: “As I am in dental treatment, I have to visit a clinic every month. I have undergone more than 10 RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 in the last year as a precaution due to my regular clinic visits. All the tests were negative, but I am relieved after receiving the first dose of the vaccine on Monday. ”
Other neighboring NCR cities had much lower targets with Noida and Ghaziabad aiming to vaccinate just 300 people on the first day. Gurgaon vaccinated more than its target of 800 and Noida 319. Ghaziabad achieved 96% of its target. The inconveniences in the registration process on the Co-Win portal slowed down the registration in all three places.
But more than the numbers, it was the organic nature of the response that vaccination centers found encouraging. Several session sites, especially those of private hospitals in Gurgaon, saw queues during the afternoon, while constant inquiries from those unable to attend kept phone operators busy. A 64-year-old former military man who was vaccinated at Paras Hospital summed up the optimistic mood in an age group that has been forced to remain largely homebound. “I feel like I can go to a marathon,” said Colonel A Mishra (Retd).
While the vaccination campaign in 136 private hospitals and 56 government hospitals in Delhi was scheduled to start at noon, many older people had started arriving several hours before the scheduled launch. Failures on the Co-Win portal during registration and verification of self-registrants hit the numbers on the first day.
Despite waiting in long lines, many seniors were unable to get vaccinations because their credentials were not verified on the portal. “Registered health workers were being verified and inoculated, but it was difficult to verify registered beneficiaries themselves,” said one official. Many of the self-registered citizens were vaccinated with manual verification while several had to return disappointed by the delays.
In the West district, 937 seniors got the hit, the highest among all the districts, followed by 809 in the southeast and 681 in the east.
Initially, the server was down, which delayed the start of the whole process. Many people were unaware that the Co-Win app is for administrators only and had trouble signing up through it. Most of those registered using the Co-Win portal reported long delays in receiving OTP. Many of those in the 45-59 age group were unclear about comorbid conditions, and during verification some of them were found to be ineligible.
“A couple of seniors who came in for the vaccine couldn’t get the OTP because the mobile phone number they were using was not registered with their Aadhaar card,” said a source from Lok Nayak Hospital. In some cases, the system showed the wrong age, causing the verification to fail. Many people reported that they did not get slots after registering, while some reported problems in linking and checking Aadhaar and verifying captcha during registration.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain said vaccines are free in all central government and Delhi hospitals, while the cost of vaccination in private hospitals has been limited to 250 rupees. Jain said that to ensure the process is smooth and there is no overcrowding in the hospitals, 2-3 vaccination centers have been set up in each of the 192 hospitals. Delhi’s largest government hospital, Lok Nayak, has two vaccination centers.
“According to the updated voter list, more than 12 lakh people in Delhi are over 60 years old. Around 2 to 3 lakhs of Delhi’s residents are between 45 and 59 years old with comorbid conditions, ”said Jain, adding that registration for vaccination is simple and can be done through the Co-Win portal and people can choose easily the vaccine. center and time slot according to your convenience.
“We did more than 770 vaccinations at various sites on Day 1 despite some initial problems with the online portal and the campaign started only at noon,” Max Healthcare said in a statement. Dr HS Chhabra, medical director and head of the India Spinal Injury Center, said the hospital was carrying out the vaccinations with all precautions, including proper disinfection, thermal control, social distancing and discipline of the mask.

Times of India

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