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News Of COVID-19 Vaccination For Senior Citizens And Comorbid Patients Above 45, Brings A Ray Of Hope For Many

Hospitals are gearing up for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, as the government aims to vaccinate over 27 crore people, out of whom around 10 crore are over the age of 60, starting today (March 1)

News Of COVID-19 Vaccination For Senior Citizens And Comorbid Patients Above 45, Brings A Ray Of Hope For Many
  • 2nd phase of COVID vaccine will target above 60 and 45 with comobidity
  • Vaccine shots will be given at 10,000 government-run centres, free of cost
  • Vaccine shots will also be 20,000 private centres at Rs 250

New Delhi: 69-year-old, Mr Rishipal from Delhi is not only a senior citizen but also a heart patient since 13 years. Mr Rishipal has undergone two bypass surgeries in the past, and was recently admitted at the Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital due to heart-related issues. Mr Rishpal knows that with his condition as well as age, he is more vulnerable to the coronavirus than others and so the last year has been tough for him trying to protect himself from the virus. However, when he heard that the COVID-19 vaccine will now be available for people above the of 60 as well as for those above 45 with comorbidity, he breathed a sigh of relief.

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Everybody used to say that this disease mostly catches those who are in the senior age group. So I barely used to go out of my house for not only my sake but also for my family members. I will get vaccinated now. This will ensure that me and my family members are fully safe, Mr Rishipal said.

Just like Mr Rishipal, the news of the vaccination being available for public has brought a ray of hope for many like him.

Hospitals are gearing up for the second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, as the government aims to vaccinate over 27 crore people, of whom around 10 crore are over the age of 60, starting March 1. The daily targets are about to double up as second doses of healthcare and frontline workers will go on simultaneously, a statement from Union Health Ministry has stated.

A few beds away from Mr Rishipal, in the cardiac ward, is 47-year-old Mohammad Akbar Ansari. He suffered a heart attack four years ago, but never recovered fully and has had to make frequent hospital visits due to his condition. Mr Ansari said tells NDTV,

I have a wife and three daughters back home. As a heart patient, the pandemic was scary. Not just for me but even my family members had to be extra cautious and stay at home as much as possible. I want to get vaccinated at the earliest so that we all can live our lives a little more easily.

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Doctors say that they are being flooded with queries after the government announced the second phase of vaccination. Nodal Officer for COVID-19 at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi, Dr Ajeet Jain, told NDTV,

We will turn the selfie area for vaccinated beneficiaries into an observation area now and increase seating for 25 people. There is another hall which will be used to create additional seating of 50 people. We are aiming to increase the capacity to 220 vaccinations per day comfortably, without compromising on quality. Currently, we vaccinate about 120 people daily.

Furthermore, he said that people with comorbidities had been anxious and eager from the very beginning and as soon as they heard that the rollout is set to begin, they have been calling to ask if they can come to the hospital to get vaccinated.

Especially people with cardiac diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory disorders. I have been telling them that soon they will be able to download the mobile application, CoWin app, and if they are not tech-savvy they can come to the hospital and we will help them with registration, Dr Jain added.

At Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), healthcare workers are working to increase the rate of vaccination. Director of PGI Chandigarh Jagat Ram told NDTV,

Senior citizens have shown a lot of eagerness for vaccination. Even much before the government announcement, senior citizens had been enquiring about it. We are fully prepared. Our institute is capable of four vaccination sites within the premises. At present, only two are being used for healthcare and frontline workers but all four sites will be made functional when the vaccination for general population begins.

Also Read: COVID-19 Vaccines And Dosage: WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan Answers FAQs On Vaccines

68-year-old Yogender Kwatra is a property agent and social worker in Chandigarh and wants to get vaccinated soon, as his work involves daily public interactions. But he’s hesitant and raised concerns over the side-effects of the vaccines.

My profession is such that I am constantly worried about getting infected. I had been waiting for the vaccine so that we could protect ourselves against COVID. But I am also in a dilemma about which of the two vaccines I should take? Also, the Prime Minister and other VIPs and ministers have not been vaccinated yet. What if I get vaccinated and there are side-effects? he questioned.

March 1 onwards, vaccine shots will be given at 10,000 government-run centres, free of cost and 20,000 private centres. Charges for vaccination at privately-run centres has been capped by the government at Rs. 250. The mobile app – CoWin (COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network) would be used to help people register for their shots and locate their nearest vaccination centres.

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


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,06,78,961 and 48,98,653 have died; 20,23,40,977 are active cases and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 4:17 am.


3,40,81,315 13,596Cases
3,34,39,331 19,582Recovered
4,52,290 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,81,315 confirmed cases including 4,52,290 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,89,694 and 3,34,39,331 have recovered as on October 18, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29


48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74


29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19


West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14


14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38



10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3


10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14



9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4



8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16


Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17



7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6



7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1



6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1


6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6


6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3


3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8



3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8


Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107


Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1


1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4


1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1


1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2


1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3


84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12



82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1


65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6


Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37



31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12



31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28



20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12


Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1





0 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands


9 0



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