Will the Covid-19 vaccine be given to everyone simultaneously?
No. The government of India has selected priority groups who will be vaccinated based on risk factors.
The first group is of country’s health care workers and frontline workers. The second group is of people over the age of 50 years, and the third priority will be given to people under 50 with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney diseases etc.
Health care workers will be vaccinated in the first phase. There are an estimated 10 million health care workers, of which around 300,000 are likely to get vaccinated on day one.
Eligible individuals will be registered by the government as beneficiaries. The eligible beneficiaries will be informed through their registered mobile number through an sms, regarding the health facility where your vaccination will happen, and the time of vaccination.
No. Only registered beneficiaries will get the vaccine at the session site on the day of the vaccination.
One of the 12 government photo ids: Aadhar card, voter id, driving license, PAN card, service id card with photo issued to employees by the central, state govts, public sector undertakings, public ltd companies, MNREGA job card, passport, smart card issued by rgi under NPR, pension document with photo, official ids issued to MPs, MLAs, MLCs, passbook with photo issued by bank or post office, and health insurance smart card under the scheme of labour ministry.
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Yes. The same photo id that was used for registration will be needed for verification of registration at the vaccination site.
Yes, on getting due dose of vaccine, the beneficiary will receive sms on their registered mobile number. After all doses are administered, a QR-code based certificate will also be sent to the registered mobile number of the beneficiary.
Two vaccines have been granted restricted emergency use approval by India’s drugs controller early this year. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine locally manufactured by Serum Institute of India under the name Covishield
No. It is at the discretion of the government authorities which one of the two vaccines you get.
The vaccines have been approved by the national drugs regulator only after looking at the clinical trials data both from animals and humans. The safety and immunogenicity of both the vaccines has been well established.
Take rest for at least 30 minutes after vaccination to check if there are any symptoms or any discomforts. If there are then inform the vaccination team at the site for medical attention
Yes. These people should take the vaccine as they are actually high-risk groups
No, the vaccine is not meant for pregnant and lactating women. It is also currently meant to be given to people above 18 years of age.
No. They should wait four-eight weeks after recovery before taking the shot.
There are largely minor side-effects observed such as mild fever, pain at the site of infection, head and body ache, nausea, weakness etc.
Vaccine for Covid-19 is voluntary. Experts, however, advise people should take the vaccine to protect themselves and their family members and close contacts