Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 2.75 crore population above 60 years of age has to take a precautionary dose of COVID vaccine, which they can consult with their doctor before taking it. He also told that under the new vaccination campaign, only the beneficiaries in the age group of 15-18 will be given covaccine.
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday told all the states that people above 60 years of age suffering from more than two diseases will not need to show any doctor’s certificate to take the third precautionary dose of corona.
According to the Indian Express report, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told on Tuesday that there are an estimated 7.40 crore beneficiaries for the new phase of vaccination campaign, ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign starting for children.
He said that the district authorities will have to ensure space for vaccination of the beneficiaries in the age group of 15 to 18 years.
Bhushan told the states that 2.75 crore population above 60 years of age has to take this precautionary dose.
He said in a letter to the states, ‘All people of 60 years of age or more suffering from two or more diseases will not be required to show any kind of doctor’s certificate while getting the third booster dose of corona. However, such people can consult their doctor before taking the precautionary dose of corona.
Bhushan said that in the states where elections are going to be held, the personnel posted on election duty will be included in the category of frontline workers.
Bhushan said that all health workers and frontline workers who are registered on the Kovin system for any reason and who are below 60 years of age, will have to register themselves as health workers or frontline workers to get this precautionary dose.
Bhushan told the states, ‘To do this, they will have to produce employment certificate in the prescribed format. This facility will be available at government vaccination centers. This precautionary dose can be taken advantage of in government vaccination centers.
Detailing about child immunization, Bhushan said that only Covaccine will be given to the beneficiaries in the age group of 15 to 18 years. Districts will have to ensure that there is no vaccine mix and separate COVID-19 vaccination centers should be identified.
Bhushan also said that the states should properly publicize the places where vaccination will be available for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years. Online or offline appointments can be booked for vaccination. Offline appointment service will be available subject to availability of vaccination slots. It is also advised that the beneficiaries should check the availability of slots for the vaccination center of their choice through COVIN.
Regarding this precautionary dose, Bhushan said that SMS will be sent to the registered beneficiaries through the Kovin system to get the corona dose.
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