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COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 3 Open For 18 Years+ From May 1

By Isha Kukde +2 more

In the face of rising COVID cases and the second wave of the pandemic, it was announced that all adults in India, above 18 years of age, will now be able to receive the COVID vaccine. 

This coronavirus vaccine update has been welcomed by both the healthcare industry as well as the common people. At this juncture, if more and more people get vaccinated, it would be easy to bring the second wave under control and reduce the severity of the predicted third wave. 

‘Liberated and accelerated’ Phase 3 COVID vaccination

Phase 1 of the COVID vaccination plan included all people above age 60 as well as people with comorbidities who were allowed to apply for the vaccine. Phase 2 covered everyone aged 45 years and above. Phase 3 is rolling out since the 1st of May. All legal adults (18 years and above) will now be able to register themselves as beneficiaries of the COVID vaccine. Walk-in vaccination has also been allowed now i.e. a person can go to the vaccination centre directly without prior registration or appointment on a digital platform.

Here’s what’s new about Phase 3 COVID vaccination

The nationwide vaccination drive has now been taken up by the central government. The centralised free vaccination policy has now begun, under this the government will provide free COVID-19 vaccine to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age and the Centre would procure 75 percent of vaccines and give them to states for free distribution to all citizens above the age of 18. This will speed up the procurement procedure.

Private hospitals will receive 25% of vaccines which can be availed after the required payment by the eligible candidates.

 Even after you get the COVID vaccine, you must not stop following the COVID protocol. Wearing masks and sanitizing will continue to be important parts of your daily routine because the coronavirus is constantly evolving and new strains could arrive against which our vaccines might not be as effective. Another great way to stay safe is to boost your immunity while staying home.

It is not yet known how long the COVID vaccines will be effective. Unless we have a few more answers, COVID vaccines and precautions will together keep you safe.  

Have you taken your shot of vaccination? If yes, then take good care of your health!

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