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As India Gears Up To Kick-starts COVID-19 Vaccination Drive From January 16, Dr Randeep Guleria Explains When Will The Common Man Get The Vaccine

Common people can only register and get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the priority group has received the vaccine, says Dr Randeep Guleria

As India Gears Up To Kick-starts COVID-19 Vaccination Drive From January 16, Expert Explains When Will The Common Man Get The Vaccine

New Delhi: India’s coronavirus vaccination drive will begin from January 16, the government said on January 9, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials to review the COVID situation in the country and finalise vaccine roll-out details. The Prime Minister called the news as a “landmark step forward in fighting COVID-19”.

According to the government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, in the first phase, priority will be given to around one crore healthcare workers, followed by two crore frontline staff, like community health workers and police, who are directly involved in fighting the pandemic. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had said that the vaccine will be free of cost for this group. The next group will be people over 50, followed by those under 50 but with co-morbidities. NDTV speaks with AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria to know when will the common healthy man will get the vaccine for coronavirus and how India can further contain the spread of coronavirus.

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NDTV: How can the common man register for COVID vaccine?

Dr Randeep Guleria: A common healthy man will have to wait for some time to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Their chance will come only after the first group has been vaccinated, which is roughly around 30 crore people. Once all these people who come under the following groups – healthcare workers, frontline warriors, people over 50-years of age and under 50 but with co-morbidities, are vaccinated, then the common man will be notified that they can start getting themselves register on CoWIN platform for their vaccination.

The registration process will be simple; people will need to upload one photo identity card on the digital platform and register themselves with their phone number. Once they are registered, they will get a particular timeline for their vaccination with the date when they have to come and the place name where they have to go and get themselves vaccinated.

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NDTV: What are the timelines we are looking at to start vaccinating a healthy individual?

Dr Randeep Guleria: The answer for timelines is difficult as that will depend mostly on the number of doses for the vaccine available with the country. If we have multiple vaccines and I am hopeful that by March we will have multiple vaccines in place – we are looking at more than two or three companies coming in to provide us the vaccine. We will possibly have Russia’s Sputnik-V and Zydus Cadila vaccine and that will help us define the timelines. Possibly, we can finish the first phase of people in four to six months of time but that will totally depend on the doses of vaccine available in the country and how do we roll it out multiple times as we have to give two doses of vaccine to people.

NDTV: Is India prepared to deal with U.K strain? Will we see a spike again in our coronavirus numbers?

Dr Randeep Guleria: This will definitely be a great challenge if the strain comes to us because of multiple factors. One is we will again have to go back and we will have to do what we were doing a few months before to stop the spread of the virus. Secondly, our resources will have to change dramatically as now we have started cutting our COVID-care resources so that non-COVID care can start. Also, it will again put a lot of strain on our healthcare workers who are already having COVID fatigue. So, we need to hope that this doesn’t happen and we have to work aggressively in our containment and surveillance system.

Also Read: India’s COVID Vaccination Programme Explained: Who Will Get It First, What Is The Process And Other Things You Need To Know

So far, India has held three dry-run for COVID-19 vaccine roll out. As per the health ministry, 2,360 participants have been trained during national-level training of trainers which included state immunisation officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials and development partners. Along with thee this, more than 61,000 programme managers, 2 lakh vaccinators and 3.7 lakh other vaccination team members have also been trained.

The Prime Minister has apprised the three phases of dry runs that were conducted across the country. The third dry run was conducted on January 9 across 615 districts covering 4895 session sites in 33 states and UTs.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

26,43,68,460Cases
22,50,84,762Active
3,40,45,666Recovered
52,38,032Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,43,68,460 and 52,38,032 have died; 22,50,84,762 are active cases and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm.

India

3,46,15,757 9,216Cases
99,976 213Active
3,40,45,666 8,612Recovered
4,70,115 391Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,15,757 confirmed cases including 4,70,115 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,976 and 3,40,45,666 have recovered as on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,37,221 796

10,882 180

64,85,290 952

1,41,049 24

Kerala

51,51,919 4,700

45,030 252

50,66,034 4,128

40,855 320

Karnataka

29,96,833 363

6,772 169

29,51,845 191

38,216 3

Tamil Nadu

27,28,350 715

8,155 45

26,83,691 748

36,504 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,252 159

2,138 11

20,56,670 169

14,444 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,417 12

93 1

16,87,413 11

22,911

West Bengal

16,17,408 657

7,690 22

15,90,208 667

19,510 12

Delhi

14,41,190 217

307 21

14,15,785 196

25,098

Odisha

10,49,597 252

2,211 26

10,38,971 276

8,415 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,870 37

328 12

9,92,949 25

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,827 21

213 10

9,45,659 11

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,570 50

318 25

8,17,158 24

10,094 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,199 12

128 4

7,82,543 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,760 27

178 9

7,61,528 18

10,054

Bihar

7,26,230 5

32 0

7,16,534 4

9,664 1

Telangana

6,76,376 189

3,680 50

6,68,701 137

3,995 2

Assam

6,17,163 124

2,535 77

6,08,517 198

6,111 3

Punjab

6,03,352 32

344 13

5,86,402 18

16,606 1

Jharkhand

3,49,271 15

95 1

3,44,035 13

5,141 1

Uttarakhand

3,44,325 22

182 4

3,36,735 18

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,263 177

1,697 10

3,31,089 167

4,477

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,354 85

835 29

2,22,669 113

3,850 1

Goa

1,79,046 56

367 40

1,75,295 16

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,765 315

3,717 55

1,31,545 368

503 2

Puducherry

1,28,998 33

299 10

1,26,826 23

1,873

Manipur

1,25,269 33

663 4

1,22,627 28

1,979 1

Tripura

84,835 15

94 6

83,916 8

825 1

Meghalaya

84,534 24

296 2

82,764 25

1,474 1

Chandigarh

65,475 4

65 1

64,590 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,285 6

36 1

54,969 5

280

Sikkim

32,267 15

137 10

31,727 5

403

Nagaland

32,128 3

128 5

31,302 6

698 2

Ladakh

21,642 41

306 21

21,122 20

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 1

10,679 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,397 1

18 8

10,328 9

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,686 3

7 2

7,550 1

129

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