When will vaccination drive start in India?
Mass vaccination drive will begin in India on January 16, nearly two weeks after Drug regulator body Drugs Controller General of India gave its nod for emergency use of Covaxin and Covishield on January 3rd.

What is Covaxin?
India’s indigenous vaccine developed by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology

What is Covishield?
Its a vaccine that is being developed by Oxford University along with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, its being manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute of India

When will I get Covid vaccine?
India is conducting its vaccine drive in a phase wise manner just like how it holds elections. In the first phase, 30 crore people will be vaccinated. However, in this phase 1 crore health care workers, 2 crore frontline workers and 27 crore priority group members will be vaccinated

Who are part of priority group for vaccination?
Those above the age of 50 and those below 50 years of age but have co-morbidities will be given priority in the vaccination drive. The electoral roll for the latest Lok Sabha and state assembly polls will be used to beneficiaries above the age of 50.

How can I get the Covid vaccine?
Registration for vaccination drive is mandatory, hence beneficiaries will have to registered on Centre’s Co-WIN app before getting a jab.

What is Co-WIN?
COVID -19 Vaccine Intelligence Network AKA Co-WIN is an extension of the Vaccine intelligence Network. It is a cloud-based network that will be used to evaluate the mass vaccination drive at a national level. It will be used for multiple options such as user management, inventory management, temperature monitoring, beneficiary registration, session planning, vaccination and analytics.

How to register at Co-WIN?
It is important to note that Co-WIN has not be rolled for public. However the centre has already listed the documents that can be used for registration. These include Aadhaar Card; Driving License; Health Insurance Smart Card; MNREGA Job Card; Permanent Account Number Card; Bank/Post Office Passbook; Passport; Pension Document; Voter ID among others

How will the vaccine be administered?
Vaccine will be administered via intra-muscular mode of delivery of injection

What will the procedure for vaccination be?
Vaccination site will have waiting room, vaccination room and observation room. Distancing will be maintained at waiting room and provisions will be provided for sanitisation and hand washing. Vaccine will be given in vaccination room and for the comfort of female beneficiaries, a female team member will be present. The beneficiary will then have to be observed for 30 minutes to keep a tab on any unlikely side effect

How many doses of vaccine will I need?
2 doses of vaccine must be taken with a time gap of 28 days

When will I develop immunity from Covid?
Immunity is expected to be developed 14 days after second dose of vaccine is administered

Is taking vaccine mandatory?
While taking vaccine is not mandatory, it is highly recommended by the Government

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