New Delhi: Precautionary third doses of vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, are being administered to health and frontline workers and immuno-compromised seniors from Monday. The appointment for the third shot of vaccination against the novel coronavirus started on January 8 on the Co-Win portal.
PM Modi on December 25 had announced the administration of the ‘precautionary dose’ for vulnerable groups and frontline workers, along with the announcement for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine for the 15-17 age group.
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-Around 5.75 crore people are eligible for the third doses in the ongoing drive — 2.75 crore above the age of 60, 1 crore healthcare workers and 2 crore frontline workers.
-The health ministry has said, the three groups eligible for this jab – frontline workers, healthcare workers, and those individuals who are above 60 years of age- don’t need to register on the Co-WIN portal for this shot of vaccine.
-Those above the age of 60 years who have co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic ailments have the option of getting the “Precaution Dose” on the advice of their doctor.
-Those eligible for booster shots will, however, get them only 9 months or 39 weeks from receiving their second shot of vaccine.
-They can either book an online appointment on the portal or walk into any vaccination centre, sources in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
-The government had earlier informed that no new registration would be required for the third dose and that it would be the same shot of vaccine the people have received for their first and second doses. There will be no mix and match. This means individuals who received two doses of Serum Institute’s Covishield vaccine will get a third dose of the same. Those who got Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will get a third jab of it.
-“Corona warriors, healthcare, and frontline workers have a huge contribution in keeping the country safe… Therefore, from the point of view of precaution, the government has decided that to start administering “Precaution Doses” for healthcare and frontline workers,” PM Modi had said on December 25.
-But already, with the Omicron-driven Covid surge, many doctors and healthcare workers have contracted the disease – many of them for a second time. Infection among healthcare workers has been particularly high in the metros.
-“All Covid vaccines, whether they are from India, Israel, US, Europe, UK, or China, are primarily disease-modifying. They don’t prevent infection. The precautionary dose is primarily to mitigate the severity of infection, hospitalisation, and death,” Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research has said.
-A study from the UK has found that a third dose of vaccine can provide up to 88 per cent protection against hospitalisation from infection by the Omicron variant.
How to schedule an appointment on Co-WIN portal
-One need not register, but schedule an appointment with the existing registration for the ‘precaution dose’ of Covid-19 vaccine on the CoWIN portal
-To book an appointment, one can visit http://cowin.gov.in
-Here one can insert their phone number and generate an OTP
-On receiving the OTP and further inputting it into the portal, the user will be directed to the individual’s profile