COVID-19 Vaccine, a challenge for scientist from all over the world, has now reached its last phase. India's drugs regulator has approved the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.
And with this what is now left is to make this vaccine easily in reach of common people. But before that the vaccine must be produced in ample amount, and this is a challenge for countries like India that posses a good population.
After the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted approval to these two COVID-vaccines, after the recommendation of a COVID-19 Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), common people have kind of question bumping to their mind that needs to be cleared out on priority basis.
Here is all you need to know about the vaccination drive in the country.
Q. Who will be injected with the COVID-19 Vaccine first?
A. Well, as per the government, the identified high-risk groups of individuals will be vaccinated first. The first list of this high-risk groups includes- healthcare and frontline workers, and second list include- people over 50 years and persons with comorbid conditions.
After the high-risk group people, subsequently, the vaccine will be made available to all others in need.
Q. Is it mandatory to take the vaccine?
A. Well, COVID-19 is a viral infection that has the capacity to spread rapidly on a large scale, thus it is necessary for everyone to be vaccinated to protect oneself and limit the spread of disease.
Q. Is it mandatory for a COVID recovered patient to get the vaccination done?
A. It is advisable to receive a complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine irrespective of the history of coronavirus infection as it will help in developing a strong immune response.
Q. Will the vaccine introduced in India be as effective as the ones introduced in other countries?
A. Well, there are controversies regarding the quality of the vaccine produced in India, but as per the clinical trials and scientists, this vaccine will be as effective as any vaccine developed by other countries as various phases of vaccine trials are undertaken to ensure its safety and efficacy.
Q. How will I know if I am eligible for vaccination?
A. Eligible beneficiaries will be informed through their registered mobile numbers regarding the Health Facility for vaccination and its scheduled time.
Q. Will any kind of documents be required for the registration of eligible beneficiaries?
A. Well, a kind of photo-ID will be required at the time of registration. Any of the mentioned below is applicable for the registration process.
- Aadhaar/Driving License/Voter ID/PAN Card/Passport/Job Card/Pension Document
- Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labor
- Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs# Passport issued by Bank/Post Office
- Service ID card issued by Central/State Government/Public Limited Companies
Q. Can a person get the COVID-19 vaccine without registration?
A. No, registration is mandatory for COVID-19 vaccination.
Q. How will the beneficiary get to know about the due date of vaccination?
A. Following online registration, the beneficiaries will be notified through SMS on their mobile numbers about the due date, place and time of vaccination.
Q. How many doses of the vaccine would have to be taken and at what interval?
A. Two doses of vaccine, 28 days apart, need to be taken by an individual to complete the vaccination schedule.
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