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Third Phase Of Covid Vaccination Starts Today: All You Need To Know

Third Phase Of Covid Vaccination: All above the age of 45 years will be eligible for a vaccine shot from April 1.

Third Phase Of Covid Vaccination Starts Today: All You Need To Know
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Third Phase Of Covid Vaccination Starts Today: All You Need To Know
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2021-04-01T07:52:56+05:30

Amidst a growing surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the government will roll out the third phase of its vaccination drive from April 1. On Thursday, the Centre held a review meeting with state governments to access the coronavirus situation in the country. It also asked state authorities to identify low vaccine-coverage pockets, particularly in districts reporting a surge in new infections, and take corrective action.

Here’s all you need to know about the next phase of the vaccination:

Who all are eligible for vaccination from April 1?

All above the age of 45 years will be eligible for a vaccine shot from April 1. In January, the first vaccination drive kicked off with healthcare workers and frontline workers getting inoculated. It was followed by the second phase in which senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and people aged 45 or older with comorbidities were eligible.

How to register for Covid-19 vaccination?

You can register yourself for Covid-19 vaccination through the government’s Co-Win portal using the link–http://www.cowin.gov.in. One can also register for vaccination through the AarogyaSetu App.

Vaccination drive being held at Pune Khedshivapur’s village.

As per the health ministry rules, up to 4 persons can be registered for vaccination using the same mobile number.

Is online registration mandatory?

No. Apart from online registration, one can also visit any vaccination centres nearby (both private and government) for an on-spot registration.

Is the vaccine free?

Vaccination at government hospitals and clinics are free. However, vaccination at private hospitals will cost up to Rs 250 per dose.

What are the side effects?

Some people may experience side effects such as fever, chills, nausea, tiredness, vomiting, and joint pain after getting vaccinated. These side effects are likely to subside within a day or two.

Which Covid-19 vaccines are being used in India? Can you choose?

Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited) are available in India. At present, beneficiaries cannot choose between two vaccines.

Documents required

Documents including Aadhaar card, driving licence, health insurance, smart card issued by the Ministry of Labour, MNREGA guarantee card, MNREGA job card, official identity card issued by MPs, MLAs, PAN card, passbook of bank or post office, passport, pension documents, service identity card issued to employees by central/state government or public limited companies, and Voter ID cards can be used for registration.

Should you avoid alcohol after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine?

There is no need to abstain from alcohol only because you have taken your shot of the vaccine. Alcohol will not by itself render the vaccine ineffective against the novel coronavirus infection.

Can one take painkillers before or after a Covid-19 vaccine?

Don’t take them before a shot to try to prevent symptoms, but if your doctor agrees, it’s OK to use them afterwards if needed.

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