How to Get a Covid Vaccine?
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How to Get a Covid Vaccine?
Posted On : 25 March 2021, 3 Weeks Ago. Health-Insurance
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus spreads mainly when an infected person is in close contact with another person. The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, December 2019. The disease has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic which has taken millions of lives. Countries around the world had to practice social distancing and quarantining in order to reduce transmission.

 

A robust effort was made to develop a vaccine to fight against Covid-19. As of February, eleven vaccines were authorized by at least one national regulatory authority for public use. Many countries have implemented phased distribution plans that prioritize those at highest risk of complications, such as the elderly, and those at high risk of exposure and transmission, such as healthcare workers. In India, Oxford University/AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine and Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin were approved.

 

India, which started its vaccination program on January 16th, is at the fourth spot in the list of countries with the maximum number of doses administered. In the first phase, healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated. The Second phase started on March 1st. In this phase, people with higher risk of complications are prioritized. The vaccination is free at the government facilities and paid at private facilities. The Centre has capped the price of Covid vaccines at private hospitals at ₹250 per shot. There can be common side effects of the vaccination in some individuals like mild fever, pain, etc. at the site of injection. 

 

Who All Can Take Covid Vaccine:

 

The coronavirus vaccine is voluntary and not mandatory. However, the government has advised people to take the vaccine and complete the entire dosage. If you have comorbidities including diabetes, hypertension, cancer then you will come in the high-risk category and you must take the vaccine. In the second phase, you are eligible for the vaccination if you are over 60 years of age as of January 1st, 2021 or if you are between 45 and 59 years of age with comorbidities.

 

The comorbidities that make you eligible for Covid-19 vaccination are listed below:

 

  • • Heart Failure with hospital admission in past one year
  • • Post Cardiac Transplant/Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • • Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF <40%)
  • • Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease 
  • • Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
  • • Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/PTCA/MI AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment 
  • • Angina AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
  • • CT/MRI documented stroke AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
  • • Pulmonary Artery Hypertension AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
  • • Diabetes (> 10 years OR with complications) AND Hypertension on treatment
  • • Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/On wait-list
  • • End Stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD
  • • Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications 
  • • Decompensated cirrhosis
  • • Severe respiratory disease with hospitalizations in last two years/FEV1 <50%
  • • Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
  • • Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 1st July 2020 OR currently on any cancer therapy
  • • Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
  • • Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
  • • People suffering due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ people with disabilities having high support needs/multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness.

For less than 50-years, you will get a score depending upon the severity of your disease which you have to feed in the grid prepared in the CoWin app. Higher the score, chances of getting vaccinated first will be high. Say, for example, if you have a respiratory illness and needs regular supply of oxygen, even at home on day-to-day basis, you would get a higher score and come on the top of the priority list as compared to someone who has mild bronchitis.

 

If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, you should defer vaccination for 14 days after symptoms resolution as you can increase the risk of spreading the same to others at vaccination site.

 

From 1st April, you can get the Covid vaccine if you are over 45 years old (with/without co-morbidities). Though it is not mandatory, Union minister Prakash Javadekar has urged everyone above the age of 45 to register and get the vaccine in order to fight against the resurgence of Covid 19 infections. Once everyone from above is covered, the rest of the population will be inoculated. The vaccination here will depend on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

 

Registration To Get a Covid Vaccine:

 

You have to register for the COVID-19 vaccine. It is mandatory, there will be a provision for walk-in to vaccination centers but you will still have to register on site before vaccination.

You can register for the vaccine in three ways i.e. advance self-registration, onsite registration, and facilitated cohort registration. For self-registration, you have to register and book, an appointment for Covid-19 vaccinations at www.cowin.gov.in, CO-WIN app and the Aarogya Setu app. Once you have downloaded the app, you will be able to see all nearby government and private hospitals serving as coronavirus vaccination centres along with the date and time of the available schedules at those sites. If you can't self-register in advance or don’t have access to a smartphone or internet, you can walk into the identified Covid-19 vaccination sites and get registered on-site. Under Facilitated cohort registration, the state or UT government will take a proactive lead. Specific dates for vaccination against the novel coronavirus will be decided where target groups of potential beneficiaries will be vaccinated. For registration you will require any one of the following documents:

 

  • • Driving License
  • • Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
  • • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Job Card
  • • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
  • • PAN Card
  • • Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
  • • Passport
  • • Pension Document
  • • Service Identity Card issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ Public Limited Companies
  • • Voter ID

People with comorbidities will have to carry the certificate of comorbidities, in the format shared here by a registered medical practitioner.

 

Post Registration:

 

After getting registered, notification and information about the vaccine session date and time will be shared with you. Two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart will be administered. After you get the first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, a digital QR Code-based provisional will be issued (on receiving the first vaccine jab) and final (on receiving the second shot) also known as certificates. These can be downloaded from the link shown in an SMS that you shall receive after the vaccination. Also, print out of these certificates can also be taken from the vaccination centers.

 

India's has so far given around 20 million anti-Covid jabs to the residents. But a lot of people still remain, that’s why it’s recommended to take preventive measures such as physical or social distancing, quarantining, ventilation of indoor spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, hand washing, keeping unwashed hands away from the face and the use of face masks or coverings in public settings to minimize the risk of transmissions.

 

The Covid-19 outbreak is a stark reminder of the ongoing challenge of emerging and reemerging infectious pathogens and the need for constant surveillance, prompt diagnosis, and robust research to understand the basic biology of new organisms and our susceptibilities to them, as well as to develop effective countermeasures.

 

For more details check the link below:

 

Registration User Guide

Covid 19 Vaccination

 

 

List of hospitals:

 

Private Hospitals

CGHSE Hospitals

 

Sources:

https://www.mohfw.gov.in/covid_vaccination/vaccination/index.html

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/covid-19-vaccination-complete-list-of-hospitals-where-you-can-get-inoculated/726098

https://www.medscape.com/answers/2500114-197402/how-did-the-coronavirus-outbreak-start

https://www.webmd.com/lung/coronavirus

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/from-april-1-anyone-over-45-can-get-covid-shot/articleshow/81660979.cms

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