The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the Serum Institute of India’s ‘Covishield’ and Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ for emergency use. The government will take all necessary steps to ensure the inoculation of the masses. The people will have to register themselves in order to receive the vaccines.
Harsh Vardhan, the Union health minister of India had announced that the vaccine will be free for all in the first phase. “I appeal to the people not to be misguided by rumours regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine. We will not compromise on any protocol before approving a vaccine,” said Vardhan about the vaccination pointing at the polio immunisation success.
Priority group to receive the vaccine first
The first ones to receive the vaccine will be the healthcare workers and frontline workers. One crore health workers who work with government and as well as private hospitals will be the first to get vaccinated according to the recommendations of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).
The frontline workers who are associated with Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), nurses and supervisors, paramedical staff, medical officers, support staff and medical students will also receive the vaccination in the first phase.
The frontline workers that are employed with central and state Police services, armed forces, civil defence organisation, disaster management, home guard, prison staff, municipal workers, and revenue officials that work with COVID-19 surveillance and other similar work will receive vaccinations in the first phase along with workers that are employed with the state government and ministries of defence, urban affairs and housing.
Apart from the healthcare workers and frontline workers, people, who are aged 60 years, will also receive the vaccine. Those individuals, who are aged 50 and above with illnesses and diseases, will also be part of a sub-category to receive the vaccine.
Registration in the Co-WIN App
The individuals who do not fall in the priority groups must download the ‘Co-WIN’ app that will be free. The ‘Co-WIN’ app which is an upgraded version of the eVIN, short for Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) is the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network which will be available on Google Play Store, Apple App Store and may likely be available for devices running on KaiOS. There will be five modules in the Co-WIN platform – administrator Module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgement module and report module.
How to register on the Co-WIN app?
All those who are not in the first priority group must download the Co-WIN app which will be available for all to download. After downloading the app the individual will have to register themselves through the ‘Registration Module’ in the Co-WIN app. The individuals’ photo identity will be required and through the ‘Administrator Module,’ the information of the individuals will be tracked by the administrators. These administrators will also create ‘sessions’ and the vaccinators will get the respective notification.
The ‘vaccination module’ of the Co-WIN app will verify the beneficiary details and the vaccination status of the beneficiary will be updated. An SMS will be sent to all the beneficiaries or individuals by the ‘Beneficiary Acknowledgement Module’ and after they have received the vaccine dose, a QR-based certificate will be generated.
The ‘report module’ of the Co-WIN app will help to record and make reports of the number of vaccination sessions conducted, the number of people that have taken the vaccine, etc.