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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

26,14,68,997Cases
22,22,61,229Active
3,40,08,183Recovered
51,99,585Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 3:42 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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