India Kicks Off Second Phase Of Covid-19 Vaccination; Elderly And People Above 45 Years With Comorbidities To Be Inoculated

India has begun inoculating its elderly citizens against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive on Monday.

In this phase, people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 years who are in the high-risk category will be administered the jab.

The latest version of the Co-Win application, which forms the backbone of India’s immunisation campaign, will be open to people for registration starting at 9 am.

Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for getting the vaccine, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-Win 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu, etc., the Union ministry of health and family welfare said in a statement.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of vaccine at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Prime Minister reached the hospital at 6.25am to get Covaxin shot, which is indigenously developed by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech.

20 Comorbidities

Here is the list of 20 comorbidities, presence of ANY ONE of the following criteria will prioritise the individual for vaccination:

1. Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year

2. Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

3. Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40%)

4. Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease

5. Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH

6. Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment

7. Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment

8. CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment

9. Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment

10. Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment

11. Kidney/Liver/Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list

12. End stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD

13. Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications

14. Decompensated cirrhosis

15. Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/ FEVI <50%

16. Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma

17. Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020 or currently on any cancer therapy

18. Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major

19. Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection

20. Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness

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