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Sputnik V approved for emergency use in India


India has got one more COVID-19 vaccine after Covishield and Covaxin. 

Sputnik V vaccine has been approved for emergency use in India with certain conditions today. The decision was taken by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

This emerges as an important decision in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India.

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India vaccinates over 10 crore 45 lakh people against COVID


India has administered over 10 crore 45 lakh COVID-19 Vaccine doses in the country so far.

Health Ministry has informed that over 29 lakh 33 thousand beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 Vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

Also, the Tika Utsav (COVID-19 vaccine festival) was started yesterday across the country on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and will continue till the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14th.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra yesterday crossed the mark of one crore COVID-19 vaccines.

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PM Modi takes second dose of COVID Vaccine


Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine today.

Informing the same through a tweet, he said,

"Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today.

Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus.

If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on"

PM Modi took the first shot of the vaccine on 1st of March.

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Centre writes to States to increase interval between two doses of COVISHIELD to 4 to 8 weeks


In view of the emerging scientific evidence, the interval between two doses of COVID-19 vaccine - COVISHIELD, has been revisited by National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and subsequently by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) in its 20th meeting.

During this meeting, the recommendation has been revised to provide the 2nd dose of COVISHIELD at 4-8 weeks' interval after the 1st dose, instead of an earlier practiced interval of 4-6 weeks. This decision of the revised time interval between two doses is applicable ONLY to COVISHIELD and NOT to COVAXIN Vaccine.

In a letter written by the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to the Chief Secretaries of States/UTs today, he has noted that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has accepted the recommendations of NTAGI and NEGVAC and has thereafter advised the States and UTs to ensure the administration of 2nd dose of COVISHIELD to beneficiaries within this stipulated time interval of 4-8 weeks after 1st dose.

Keeping the existing scientific evidence in view, it appears that protection is enhanced if the second dose of COVISHIELD is administered between 6-8 weeks, but not later than the stipulated period of 8 weeks. The Union Health Secretary has urged the States and UTs to instruct the concerned officials accordingly to undertake necessary steps to widely disseminate the message of revised dosing interval amongst programme managers, vaccinators and recipients of COVISHIELD vaccine and ensure adherence to the revised dosing interval.

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Union Health Minister takes COVID19 Vaccine


Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and his wife Nutan today took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

They got their dose at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Covaxin yesterday.

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24.5 Lakh citizens register for COVID vaccine


The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started on 16th Jan 2021, commenced yesterday for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

As many as 25 Lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal yesterday. Out of this, 24.5 Lakh are citizens and the rest are Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers. About 6.44 Lakh appointments were booked by the citizen beneficiaries.

A total of 1,47,28,569 vaccine doses were given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm yesterday.

These include 66,95,665 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 25,57,837 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 53,27,587 FLWs (1st dose), 1,28,630 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 18,850 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

Total 4,27,072 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm yesterday, the forty-fifth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Out of which 3,25,485 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,01,587 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.

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PM Modi takes first shot of COVID Vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination today.

Informing about the same in a tweet today, PM Modi said, 

"Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!"

The countrywide vaccination exercise, which is underway since 16th of January, has been exponentially expanded to include those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities from today.

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All frontline workers to be scheduled for vaccination at least once before 6th March 2021


Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reviewed the status and progress of COVID vaccination with Health Secretaries and NHM MDs of States and UTs, through video conference (VC) yesterday.

The countrywide COVID19 vaccination programme was launched three weeks back on 16th January 2021.          

Appreciating India's COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Union Health Secretary underlined that India is the fastest country to reach the 5 million mark in COVID19 vaccination in just 21 days. He stated that several other countries which have had a head start, some as much as 60 days, have taken a longer time to reach this target.   

Urging the States and UTs to exponentially increase the pace of vaccination, Mr Bhushan has asked them to improve the momentum and accelerate the coverage as the country moves forward with the COVID vaccination drive.

The State Health Secretaries were asked to analyze the daily variation in the number of average vaccinations and take necessary steps to increase them. States/UTs were advised to ensure 100 per cent saturation of people who have already been registered on CoWin digital platform. They were also asked to organize simultaneous vaccination sessions/day in the health facility wherever possible. Each State/UT was advised to devise a state-specific strategy to achieve this target.

While there are 12 States/UTs that have achieved 60 per cent or more vaccination coverage of healthcare workers, they were all advised to improve the percentage coverage of vaccinated beneficiaries as there are many States and UTs that need to improve their performance on this parameter. States/ UTs were advised to ensure regular review meetings of the State, District and Block Task Force to assess the emerging challenges, understand the ground issues and promptly address them at the appropriate levels.

Every State/UT must schedule all healthcare workers for vaccination at least once before 20th Feb 2021 and immediately thereafter organize mop-up rounds for them. Similarly, all frontline workers must be scheduled for vaccination at least once before 6th March 2021 and immediately thereafter organize mop-up rounds for them. The failure of potential beneficiaries to get vaccinated in the mop-up round would automatically push them to age-appropriate vaccination category. The second dose of the vaccine is also scheduled to start from 13th February 2021 for people who were vaccinated on 16th Jan 2021.  

The Health Secretary reiterated the need for adequate attention to issuance of provisional digital vaccination certificate after the first dose and final certificate after completing the second dose is required to be issued; importance of authentication of beneficiaries and also timely data reconciliation on the CoWIN app.

He further stated that CoWIN 2.0 version will also be released soon.

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Over 15 lakh Healthcare Workers Vaccinated across India


The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program has been conducted successfully on the eighth day today.

The total number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 has crossed the 15 lakh mark as of 6 pm today. A total of 15,37,190 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 6 pm today through 27,776 sessions, as per the provisional report. As many as 3,368 sessions were held today.

As many as 1,46,598 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 6 pm today. 

As many as 123 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) have been reported till 6 pm on the eighth day of the vaccination drive.

In total 11 persons have been hospitalized so far. 0.0007 per cent of people have recorded hospitalization against vaccinations. In the last 24 hours, one person has been hospitalized at Government Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh who was vaccinated on 20th Jan 2021.

Total 6 deaths have been reported so far. In the last 24 hours, one person aged 56 years who was a resident of Gurugram, Haryana has died. The Post-mortem confirmed that the person died due to Cardio-pulmonary disease and the death was not related to vaccination. None of these deaths have been causally linked with COVID-19 vaccination.

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Tamil Nadu Health Minister takes shot of Covaxin


Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar today took the Covaxin injection. 

Posting a tweet about the same, he wrote,

"I got my covaxin shot! Thanks to the team of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, for the seamless experience. Appeal everyone to do it when your turn comes. Let's end Covid19 together."

In a tweet yesterday about taking the step, the Minister said that "I am doing this as a doctor & member of IMA, to instill confidence among Health Care Workers. I request all to get vaccinated and safeguard themselves from COVID19."

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