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As of April 1, anyone over 45 can receive the Covid vaccine | India News


NEW DELHI: In a move to expand vaccination program coverage and step up the fight against the resurgence of Covid-19 infections, the government announced Tuesday that anyone over the age of 45, without any requirement to present comorbidities, can Get the shots from April 1.
Following the announcement, it is estimated that more than 34 million people in total are eligible for the vaccines. Currently, people over the age of 60 and those in the 45 to 60 age group with specific comorbidities can take the jab.
The decision to expand age eligibility comes at a time when calls for faster deployment of vaccines are increasing. Although the pace of vaccinations has accelerated, deployment has been uneven, with states reporting unfulfilled capacities and participation below expectations from private sector hospitals.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, 2.1 million people over the age of 60 and 45.6 million people between the ages of 45 and 60 with specific comorbidities have received the first dose of the vaccine. In total, India administered more than 5 crore doses of vaccines, including those received by healthcare and front-line workers, and 4.2 million people received the first dose.
Allowing more people to inject was considered to increase the pool of people willing to receive vaccines and this would make more optimal use of the capacities of some 50,000 government and private hospitals registered on the Co-Win portal. Several private hospitals were found to sporadically schedule vaccines or not schedule them at all. The expanded eligibility could increase demand and incentivize hospitals and states to create more sessions.
The deadline for the above 45-year-old category is those born before January 1, 1977. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday based on the recommendations of the National Group of Experts for the Administration of Vaccination for Covid- 19 (NEGVAC) that suggested expanding the priority age group to receive vaccination
“I urge everyone over 45 to register and get vaccinated starting April 1. There are enough vaccines available and there should be no concern about it, ”Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said after the meeting. Registration in Co-Win and on the site for new recipients will begin on April 1.
Official sources said that Co-Win has the capacity to register 50 lakhs of people per day, while it currently registers less than 10 lakhs. The capacity can be further expanded to register one million people per day. In Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said there were sufficient supplies of vaccines to meet the sessions scheduled by the states.
“There is no shortage of vaccines in the country. People shouldn’t panic unnecessarily. The government has a well-oiled system that regularly monitors total vaccine allocation, total vaccine consumption and balance, and need for replacement, ”said the Health Ministry.
In a letter to the chief secretaries of state and UT, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan clarified that there will be no need for a comorbidity certificate for people aged 45 to 59 as of April 1. He said that the Co-Win software was being modified. Eliminate the need to confirm comorbidities at the time of online and on-site registration or to upload the comorbidity certificate at the time of vaccination.
While people have had problems scheduling appointments and even the failure to receive certificates after vaccination, the Ministry of Health issued key messages asking people to make complaints in such cases.
“After vaccination, you should insist on receiving a hard copy or a copy / digital link of your vaccination certificate. In private hospitals, this has been included in the rate charged to you. You can use your 30 minute observation period to ensure you get certified. Don’t come home without it. If the hospital does not deliver a certificate, the beneficiary can file a complaint at the toll-free number 1075, ”he said.

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