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Who all are eligible and where can they get COVID-19 vaccine as India starts its second phase of vaccination drive?

The government started the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive on March 1 to include citizens above 60 years of age and those between 45-59 years with comorbidities (as of 1st January 2022). While the vaccination at government facilities will be free for everyone, private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per person per dose. The centre has allowed states to use all private hospitals empanelled under State Govt health Insurance Schemes as Covid Vaccination Centres as well as around 10,000 hospitals under Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY and 687 hospitals under CGHS as CVCs. States have also been allowed to use health facilities of all PSUs and all government health facilities as CVCs. The government has identified 20 comorbidities that are covered under the second phase of vaccination- 

  • Heart failure with hospital admission in the past one year
  • Post cardiac transplant/ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Significant Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 40 percent)
  • Moderate or Severe Valvular Heart Disease
  • Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
  • Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/ PTCA/ MI and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  • Angina and Hypertension/ Diabetes treatment
  • CT/MRI documented stroke and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  • Pulmonary artery hypertension and Hypertension/ Diabetes on treatment
  • Diabetes (>10 years or with complication) and Hypertension on treatment
  • Kidney/Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/ On wait-list
  • End-stage Kidney Disease on haemodialysis/ CAPD
  • Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/ immunosuppressant medications
  • Decompensated cirrhosis
  • Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in the last two years/ FEVI <50 per cent
  • Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
  • Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after July 1, 2020, or currently on any cancer therapy
  • Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
  • Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with the involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness

 

The government has also released a list of private hospitals where people can get the vaccine if eligible. People can register for vaccination on the Co-WIN2.0 portal at www.cowin.gov.in. 

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