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Phase 2 will let people choose when, where to get Covid-19 jab but not choice of vaccine

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Phase 2 will let people choose when, where to get Covid-19 jab but not choice of vaccine

New Delhi: India’s is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to its frontline health workers under its ambitious campaign to cover 30 million health care and frontline workers across the nation in first phase of this drive. The second phase, which is likely to start from March or April, the government aims to immaculate some 270 million people, who are above the age of 50 and are in the high-risk category.

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The preparations for the second phase have already been started by several states in which process to identify and register the recipients is currently underway. However, where the government is allowing people to choose when and where to get Covid-19 shots, it is unlikely to allow recipients to choose between Covishield and Covaxin.

Despite the opposition from some doctors and other healthcare workers, ahead of first phase, the government said that the recipients cannot choose between the two vaccines.

The reports also suggests that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state Chief Ministers who fall under the above age bracket will be given vaccination shots in the second phase.

Just like Phase 1, the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive will also be coordinated and tracked through CO-WIN software, an online platform for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine delivery. According to the Union Health Ministry in the second phase, more session sites, more sessions per site and change in site location has now been introduced.

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Furthermore, planning and scheduling sessions for the entire week has also been enabled. For enhanced safety of the beneficiaries, tagging of contraindications is being enabled in the vaccinator module.

According to chairperson of TRAI and head of the empowered group on technology and data management in India’s anti-Covid campaign, Ram Sewak Sharma, “We have to provide freedom to people to get their vaccinations at the place and date of their choice. This will be facilitated through Aarogya Setu portal and other platforms.”

He further told media that these platforms will be linked with the Co-WIN app for recipient details and recording of other vaccination-related information. CO-WIN will remain the IT platform through which the government will track vaccinations at thousands of sites as also the supply management chain.

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