Center Issues New Norms For Vaccination Of 60+ And 15-18 Yrs, Details Here

Bhubaneswar: Vaccination of 60 plus age group and children in the age-group of 15-18 years shall be started from January 3 2022.

Health Care Workers (HCW) and Front Line Workers (FLW) who have received two doses shall be provided another dose of COVID-19 vaccine from 10th January 2022.

The prioritization and sequencing of this precaution dose would be based on the completion of 9 months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of 2nd dose.

All persons aged 60 years and above with comorbidities who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, will on Doctor’s advice be provided with a precaution dose from 10th January 2022.

The prioritization and sequencing of this precaution dose would be based on the completion of 9 months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of second dose.

All persons aged 60 years and above with co-morbidities will not be required to produce or submit any certificate from doctor at the time of administration of precaution dose. Such persons are expected to obtain the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail of the precaution dose.

All citizens irrespective of their income status are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccination at Govt. Vaccination Centres.

Those who have the ability to pay are encouraged to use Private Hospitals’ Vaccination Centres. The previously declared price for each vaccine at Private CVCs will remain applicable for these group of beneficiaries.

Health Care Workers, Front Line Workers and Citizens 60 years plus:

• All HCWs, FLWs and citizens aged 60 years or above with comorbidities will be able to access the vaccination for precaution dose through their existing Co-WIN account.

• Personnel to be deployed in Election Duty in poll-bound States will also be included in the category of FLWs.

• Eligibility of such beneficiaries for the precaution dose will be based on the date of administration of 2″d dose as recorded in the Co-WIN system (completion of 9 months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of second dose).

• All such HCWs and FLWs who are for any reason presently registered on the Co-WIN system as citizens and are aged less than 60 years, will have to get their status appropriately assigned to HCW/FLW to avail the precaution dose.

However, in order to do so they must produce the employment certificate in prescribed format. This facility will only be available at Government Vaccination Centers in on-site mode. This can be availed at the time of administration of the precaution dose at Govt. Vaccination Centers.

• Co-WIN system will send SMS to such beneficiaries for availing the precaution dose when the dose becomes due.

• Registration and appointment services can be accessed through both, the online and the onsite (“Walk-in”) modes.

• The details of administration of the precaution dose will be suitably reflected in the digital vaccination certificates generated from Co-WIN.

New beneficiaries aged 15-18 years:

• All those aged 15 years or more will be able to register on Co-WIN. In other worlds, all those whose birth year is 2007 or before, shall be eligible.

• Beneficiaries can self-register, online through an existing account on Co-WIN or can also register by creating a new account through a unique mobile number, since this facility is presently available for citizens. Such online registration would become available from 1′ January 2022.

• Such beneficiaries can also be registered onsite (“Walk-in”) by the verifier/vaccinator in facilitated registration mode.

• Appointments can be booked online or onsite (walk-in). Services in the on-site (walk-in) mode will be available subject to availability of vaccination slots. It is advised that beneficiaries should ascertain availability of slots for the vaccination center of their choice on Co-WIN.

• District officials should identify dedicated session sites (i.e. earmarked COVID-19 Vaccination Centers) for vaccination of 15-18 years’ age-group.

It must be ensured that no mixing of vaccine is done, hence. preferably separate session site (COVID-19 Vaccination Centers) should be identified. Separate queue with proper and prominent signages and separate vaccination team must be used, if the identified session site is same where adult vaccination is also ongoing. States / UTs must also publicize adequately in advance the details of Session Sites where COVID Vaccination for 15 —18 age group would be available.

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