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Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: India launched phase 3 of its Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday benefiting everyone above the age of 60 and those within the age bracket of 45-59 with comorbidities to get vaccinated

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Coronavirus News Updates: Glitches, OTP delays reported on Day 1 of vaccine rollout; President Kovind, PM, Amit Shah take first dose of Covaxin

A medical worker inoculates a doctor with a Covid-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad. AFP


11:25 (ist)

Registration for vaccine to be done through CO-WIN portal

Booking for appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine is to be done through the CO-WIN portal (check link here).

ANI quotes the health ministry as saying that the CO-WIN app on the Play Store is not for registration, but for administrators only.


Mar 01, 2021 - 21:56 (IST)

Nepal planning to purchase 2 million COVID-19 vaccines from India

Nepal is all set to start the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged above 55 years from 7 March, the health minister has said, as the country is planning to purchase an additional 2 million doses of vaccine from India, reports PTI.

As many as 14,000 vaccinators, including the mobile teams, will be mobilised to inoculate the largest chunk of the population, Health Ministry officials said, adding all people in this age group have been placed in the second priority group.

People's trust in the vaccines is increasing and the rule of priority is strictly followed in inoculation, Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi told the media on Sunday.

Mar 01, 2021 - 21:37 (IST)

No issue in Co-WIN, "walk-in systems" to be streamlined: Harsh Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said that in the next few days, the "walk-in system" for people will be further streamlined in states to ensure smooth functioning.

"We have given some relaxation to state governments. In the next few days, the walk-in system will be streamlined, a provision is in place for this. A certain number of people can go to the centres after taking appointments through booking," Dr Vardhan said.

Reassuring that the Co-WIN portal is functioning without any issues, the union minister said that: "there are many people in the country who can't access or face difficulties in booking. All these systems will be streamlined within one week. As of now, there is no issue in the Co-WIN portal."

Mar 01, 2021 - 21:26 (IST)

SBI donates Rs 11cr for govt's COVID-19 vaccination drive

State Bank of India on Monday said it has contributed Rs 11 crore to the PM-Cares Fund to support the next phase of the government's COVID-19 vaccination drive, reports PTI.

The second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive started in the country on 1 March.

The fight against the pandemic is not yet over, and as a responsible corporate citizen, we consider it our duty to support the government's efforts to vaccinate all. I request everyone to come forward and help in whatever way they can to ensure a successful vaccination drive, the bank's Chairman Dinesh Khara said in a release.

Mar 01, 2021 - 21:11 (IST)

Mumbai sees 855 cases, 876 recoveries, 4 deaths today

Mumbai on Monday recorded 855 COVID-19 cases and four deaths, taking the tally to 3,26,770 and the toll to 11,474, while 876 people recovered during the day, an official said.

So far, 3,04,736 people, or about 93 per cent of the caseload, have been discharged, leaving the country's financial capital with 9,690 active cases, he added.

The daily growth rate of cases increased to 0.28 per cent from 0.17 per cent on February 17, while the case doubling time shortened from 417 days to 244, BMC data revealed.

Mar 01, 2021 - 21:04 (IST)

Haryana health minister says will not get second dose of vaccine against COVID-19

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Monday said that he did not need vaccination against coronavirus as he has a "high antibody count".

His comments came as the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine drive was rolled out in the country for those above 60 years of age and above 45 years with comorbidities.

"Today coronavirus vaccination drive is beginning for the general public. Everyone should get it without any hesitation.

"I cannot receive the vaccine because after being infected my antibody count is currently 300, which is quite high. Maybe the trial vaccine I had taken also had a role to play. I do not need the vaccine at this moment," Vij said in a tweet in Hindi.

Mar 01, 2021 - 20:56 (IST)

New one-day COVID-19 cases fall below 8,000 after five days in Maharashtra

After reporting more than 8,000 COVID-19 cases for five consecutive days, Maharashtra on Monday witnessed a slight dip in fresh infections with the addition of 6,397 cases, taking the overall tally to21,61,467, the state Health Department said. With 30 more patients succumbing to the COVID-19disease, the overall death toll in the state mounted to52,184, it said, reports PTI.

A total of 5,754 patients were discharged during the day, taking the count of recoveries in Maharashtra to20,30,458, a health official said, adding that the state is now left with 77,618 active cases. "Of the 30 deaths reported today, 23 had occurred in the last 48 hours and three in the last week. Rest four deaths are from the period before the last week," he said.

Maharashtra reported over 8,000 new cases for five days in a row till Sunday when 8,293 infections were added to the state's tally. On Monday, Mumbai reported 855 new cases and four fatalities, taking the overall tally to 3,26,774 and the toll to 11,479, the department said.

Mar 01, 2021 - 20:23 (IST)

PM taking COVID vaccine should remove doubts about side-effects: Harsh Vardhan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking an indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine should remove all doubts that people have about its side-effects, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, underlining no death has occurred till now due to anti-coronavirus vaccination in the country.

Vardhan said that if any death occurs a few days after receiving the jab, it cannot be linked to vaccination because each such death is being scientifically probed.

The minister through a tweet said that he would take the shot on Tuesday and appealed to all those aged 60 and above and aged 45 and above having specified co-morbidities to immediately take the vaccine. 

Mar 01, 2021 - 20:13 (IST)

Tamil Nadu governor receives jab

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Government Omandurar Medical College Hospital in Chaennai on Monday when the nationwide vaccination of 60-plus age group and those aged between 45-59 with co-morbidities, commenced Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani also took the shot at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, officials said.


Mar 01, 2021 - 20:09 (IST)

Karnataka health minister urges people to get vaccinated

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday urged people to get the COVID vaccine shot, saying when Prime Minister Narendra Modi can get vaccinated there should not be any hesitation in taking it. "It is necessary to get vaccinated.Prime Minister himself has taken the jab and set an example for others to follow," Sudhakar said as he launched the vaccination drive in Sirsi.  People should take the jab without any hesitation, the minister said, adding that vaccination can prevent serious consequences of infection.

Mar 01, 2021 - 20:03 (IST)

Those unable to register on Co-WIN  can opt for walk-in, says official

"Those who couldn’t get registered on CoWIN and are not able to access the Internet can go to any centre and opt for walk-in vaccination facility. They just have to carry their identity proof with them," Sharma further said.


Coronavirus News LATEST News and Updates: The fight against the pandemic is not yet over, and as a responsible corporate citizen, we consider it our duty to support the government's efforts to vaccinate all, the bank's Chairman Dinesh Khara said in a release.

Bharat Biotech International CMD Krishna Ella in a statement expressed his sincere gratitude to the PM for reposing his trust in the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, COVAXIN 

Reassuring that the Co-WIN portal is functioning without any issues, the Union Health Minister said that there are many people who can't access or face difficulties in the booking. "All these systems will be streamlined within one week," he said

RS Sharma, Head of the Empowered Panel on COVID-19 vaccinations, also clarified that the registration for the vaccine is taking place only through the Aarogya Setu app and Co-WIN portal -

Union Home Minister Amit Shah takes first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, reports news agency PTI quoting officials. According to ANI, Shah was vaccinated by Medanta Hospital doctors.

The personal example set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine would give a huge boost to the immunization campaign against the pandemic,said Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech.

Protesting farmer leaders in the vulnerable age group Monday said they are not afraid of coronavirus and won't take vaccine jabs, reports news agency PTI.

80-year-old Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, a senior member of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha which is spearheading the agitation, said he will not go to vaccination centres to receive the jabs. Another senior leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan (75) said the fear of contracting the disease is "not enough" to distract them from their fight.

Over one million citizens have registered themselves on the Co-WIN portal till 1 pm on Monday, said the Union Health Ministry.

Amid reports of glitches in the CoWIN system, the Centre earlier clarified that registration was to be done through the web portal and the app was only for administrators

"It is wrong," said the health ministry clarifying on earlier reports that SC judges will be given their choice of vaccine. The ministry said that vaccination will happen through the CoWin system.

Family members of the judges will also receive the vaccine and retired SC judges and their family members also to be included in the vaccination drive tomorrow.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new COVID-19 cases, contributing to 87.25 percent of 15,510 fresh infections reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Maharashtra alone accounts for 46.39 percent of India's total active cases, followed by Kerala with 29.49 percent.

Meanwhile, in the second phase of the country's vaccination drive, political leaders including Union minister Jitendra Singh, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and NCP chief Sharad Pawar received the first doses of the vaccine.

Union health Harsh Vardhan said there have been no deaths due to COVID-19 vaccinations so far and claimed that hospitalizations due to vaccination were negligible. "The side effects are minimal like swelling or fever. This sometimes happens during normal vaccination too," he told news agency ANI.

Union Health minister Harsh Vardhan said by taking Covaxin, the prime minister has given a clear message to the country. Vardhan "He took COVAXIN, against which a lot of misinformation was spread even when it was scientifically perfect", news agency ANI quotes him as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to take the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the very first day of India opening up the inoculation drive for senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities should eliminate any hesitancy from the minds of people about the vaccine, said AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available for free, even in the private hospitals of the state.

The COVID-19 vaccination process at Nagpur's Indira Gandhi Hospital couldn't begin due to a technical glitch in the Co-WIN portal.

The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people above 60 years and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities will begin from 1 March (tomorrow) and registration on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal will open at 9 am on Monday.

Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu.

Registration will open at 9 am on 1 March at, the ministry said.

All citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 60 or more as of 1 January, 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 45 to 59 years as of 1 January, 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities.

This information was shared during the orientation workshop organised by the Union Health Ministry and the National Health Authority (NHA) for the 10,000 private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government's Health Insurance Schemes, on Co-WIN 2.0.

The health ministry also released a user manual for citizen registration and appointment for vaccination.

User manual for registration & appointment for vaccination by Manasi Chandu on Scribd

The modalities of the new features integrated into the Co-WIN 2.0 digital platform were explained to them.

The private empanelled COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA).

"There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose.

"Appointments for any date for a COVID Vaccination Center will be closed at 3 pm on that day for which the slots were opened," the ministry said.

For example, for 1 March the slots will be open from 9 am till 3 pm and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability.

However, on 1 March, an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available. A slot for the second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Centre on the 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose.

If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then the appointment of both doses will be cancelled, the ministry said.

According to the ministry, there will be a facility of on-site registration so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and inoculated.

The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN 2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step by step process.

With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number, the ministry said.

The photo ID card number for each such beneficiary must be different. Either of the following photo identity documents can be used by citizens for availing of online registration -- Aadhaar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), passport, driving license, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card or Pension Document with the photograph.

A user guide for the citizen registration and appointment for vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health and National Health Authority (NHA).

It was also explained that the central government shall procure all the vaccines and supply them free of cost to the states and UTs who in turn will disburse them further to the government and private COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs), the ministry said.

It was re-iterated that all vaccines provided to beneficiaries at the government health facilities will be entirely free of cost, while private facilities cannot charge the beneficiary a sum above Rs 250 per person per dose (Rs 150 for vaccines and Rs 100 as operational charges).

Private hospitals will have to remit the cost of vaccine doses allotted to them in a designated account of the National Health Authority (NHA). The payment gateway for the same is being enabled by the NHA on their website, the ministry said.

The government of India has supplied two COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, free of cost to the states and UTs to vaccinate healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) and they will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from pre-specified co-morbidities.

The states have been requested to operationalise the linkages between the CVCs (both government and private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to (CVCs).

The ministry specified 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group including heart failure with hospital admission in past one year, moderate or severe valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, CT/ MRI documented stroke, diabetes ( >10 years or with complications) and hypertension on treatment, end-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis, diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 2000 or currently on any cancer therapy for which one will have to submit a medical certificate.

The ministry has shared the format of the simplified one-page certificate to be signed by any registered medical practitioner.

The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN 2.0 by the beneficiary while self-registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC, the ministry said.

With inputs from PTI

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