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Second Phase of Vaccination: What is the Progress Made so Far? Here is All You Need to Know

Despite the doubts and overcautiousness that a certain section of opinionmakers chose to spread about India’s vaccines, the second phase of vaccination that took off on March 1, 2021 has received a good response.

The fact that close to 25 lakh beneficiaries registered themselves on the government portal indicates that India has come out of vaccine hesitation to a great extent.

Since the vaccination drive for health, sanitation, and frontline workers started back in January 16, 2021, the cumulative count of people receiving vaccination has crossed 1 crore, 1.47 crore to be precise.

25 Lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal on March 21. Out of this, 24.5 Lakh are citizens, and the rest are Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers. About 6.44 Lakh appointments were booked by the citizen beneficiaries.

These include 66,95,665 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 25,57,837 HCWs (Healthcare workers) who have taken the 2nd dose, 53,27,587 FLWs (Frontline workers) (1st dose), 1,28,630 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 18,850 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

Total 4,27,072 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm of March 1, 2021, the forty fifth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Out of which 3,25,485 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,01,587 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.

Important Points About Vaccination

There was some confusion about the second stage of vaccination, such as people rushing for registration through CoWIN app, which was meant only for the administrator. The Ministry of Health has clarified that the registration is only done through portal.

When one books the slot for their first vaccine shot, the slot for the second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Center on 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then the appointment of both doses will be cancelled.

One can book for their family members who are eligible in this phase.

As for those who come under the category of above 45 years with comorbidities, the Ministry has specified the comorbidities.

It includes- heart failure with hospital admission in past year, moderate or severe valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, CT/ MRI-documented stroke, diabetes of over 10 years or with complications, hypertension, end-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis, diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 2000 or currently on any cancer therapy.