NEW DELHI: The nation remained in full readiness for rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme that will be formally launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Sadly, the build-up for the vaccination programme saw as many as 10 women dying in a road mishap on Friday, while on their way to Goa from Karnataka for vaccination.
Under the Emergency Use authorization, the vaccine will be administered only on those of age 18 and above at this stage. women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy and lactating women should not receive Covid-19 vaccine at this time. The government’s vaccination app, CO-WIN, will initially be accessible to healthcare workers alone and will be open to usage for the general public within a month.
The Union health ministry has released a list of precautions for the jabs, along with a detailed factsheet explaining various aspects of the two the vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin. Both are Indian-made and their purchase abroad will rake in big money for the nation and the Indian pharma firms.
The health ministry said adequate doses of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Pune giant the Serum Institute’s ‘Covishield’ vaccines have been delivered across states and UTs. While some states like Kerala have announced free inoculation, a dose of Covishield and CoVaxin may cost ₹200 to 300 in India. Some 1.65crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin packs have been released to states and UTs.
LETTER FROM HEALTH MINISTRY: The health ministry stated in a letter to all states and UTs that the coronavirus vaccination is now meant only for those of 18 years and above under the ‘emergency use’ authorisation. “Second dose should also be of the same Covid-19 vaccine as the first dose,” the letter written by Manohar Agnani, additional secretary, health ministry said.
“Some mild adverse effects in case of Covaxin include injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling. Paracetamol may be used to provide symptomatic relief from post vaccination adverse reactions, the Health Ministry stated.
GUIDELINES: If required, Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines should be separated by an interval of at least 14 days.
“Pregnant and lactating women have not been a part of any Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy and lactating women should not receive Covid-19 vaccine at this time.”
The vaccine should be administered with caution in persons with a history of any bleeding or coagulation disorder (like clotting factor deficiency, coagulopathy or platelet disorder, it said.
The following conditions are not contraindicated for Covid-19 vaccines — persons with past history of SARS-CoV-2 infection and or RT-PCR positive illness, history of chronic diseases and morbidities and immuno-deficiency, HIV, patients on immune suppression due to any condition.
The government’s vaccination app, CO-WIN, will initially be accessible to healthcare workers alone and will be open to usage for the general public within a month. The Co-WIN app is the backbone of the mega vaccination drive and is designed to enable citizens self-register for the Covid-19 vaccination process,
Besides the Covid warriors, the app will effectively be used by central and state governments to implement the inoculation drive.
The Health ministry has asked programme managers to ensure that the information about precautions and contraindications for Covid-19 vaccination should be disseminated to all levels and through them to cold-chain handlers and vaccinators for ready reference.
A caution is sounded against administration of the vaccine in persons with a history of anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and in those with immediate or delayed onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food items, among others.
In case of persons having active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, coronavirus infected patients who have been given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma and acutely unwell and hospitalised patients due to any illness, the Covid-19 vaccination is to be deferred for four to eight weeks after recovery.
The road accident that killed 10 women and a man occurred in Dharwad district. Police said a minibus collided with a tipper truck along the Hubballi-Dharwad bypass near Itigatti. The daughter-in-law of a former BJP MLA Guru Siddanagouda from Davangere’s Jagalur area, Preethi Ravikumar, was among the deceased. The mini bus collided with the tipper truck coming from the opposite direction around 8am on Friday, police said.
The mini-bus was carrying a group of 16 members of the Ladies Club from Davangere, who were on their way to Goa for vacation. The Dharwad Rural Police said that the women had decided to visit the residence of their friend in Dharwad for breakfast and had decided to take a detour. –IHN-NN
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