Get a 24/7 dose at your convenience, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

The day after the government decided to allow private hospitals not affiliated with Ayushman Bharat, CGHS, and state programs to be included as vaccination administration centers, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Center removed the time constraint to increase the speed of vaccination.

Speaking to Twitter, Harsh Vardhan wrote in Hindi: “People can get vaccinated 24/7 at their convenience. Prime Minister Narendra Modi understands the value of time and the health of citizens. “

The Union Health Minister responded to a report that private hospitals can choose any window of time to vaccinate people.

The Center also said hospitals do not necessarily have to stick to a fixed schedule to immunize beneficiaries against the killer virus and can extend or advance the immunization schedule at any time.

This will speed up the Covid-19 vaccination exercise as more people will become eligible for life-saving vaccine doses.

In addition, the flexible schedule allowed by the Center is applicable to both private and government hospitals, as those involved in the vaccination campaign are bound by the government CoWIN app and website.

It will also help to avoid clutter at vaccination sites.

“ More than 50 lakh registrations on the Co-WIN portal since Monday ”

More than 50 lakh people have registered on the Co-WIN portal, without any system issues, since the window opened on March 1, the government said, adding that around 5 lakh eligible beneficiaries over the age of 60 or aged 45 to 60 with comorbidities received the first injection of the Covid-19 vaccine until Tuesday evening.

The vaccination campaign for the aforementioned group began Monday morning, and registration began at 9 am on the Co-WIN portal – ”

Eligible beneficiaries can register and make an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccination using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Aarogya Setu.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the vaccination schedule between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. has been lifted.

After taking the first vaccine, the second vaccine will automatically be postponed to the same hospital, but if you are not in town you can “make an appointment there too,” a government official said. “We will make sure that you do not get two different vaccines in two injections.”

“If the hospital has the capacity, the system allows them to do the vaccination even after 5:00 p.m. in consultation with state governments. This has been advised of both state government as well as private and government hospitals. “, added Bhushan.

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