Coronavirus India Live Updates: India reported over 72,000 Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Thursday. Of the 72,330 new infections, 39,544 were from Maharashtra. Chhattisgarh recorded its highest ever count, with 4,563 cases. Karnataka also reported over 4,000 cases.
Meanwhile, 459 deaths were reported from across the country, the highest since December 5, 2020. Apart from Maharashtra, which reported 243 deaths, Punjab (55), Chhattisgarh (39), Karnataka (26) and Tamil Nadu (19) were the other big contributors. At least 14 states reported zero deaths on Wednesday.
The third phase of India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive begins Thursday, with everyone above the age of 45 eligible for the shot. It will cover the population which is at the highest risk — 90 per cent of deaths related to the disease in India have been in the category of those above the age of 45. The Centre has instructed states to ensure all districts with high caseloads achieve 100 per cent vaccination coverage in the next two weeks.
Now, as state governments begin imposing restrictions, mobility indicators predict a potential dent the uptick in business activity, especially in the services sector. While Maharashtra has imposed localised restrictions for public places like restaurants, gardens, parks, malls and beaches, states like Chhattisgarh and Gujarat have imposed night curfews, and Uttarakhand and Gujarat have made Covid-19 testing mandatory for those entering the regions from outside.
- 1 Who is eligible for Covid-19 vaccination in India from April 1?
- 2 How to register for Covid-19 vaccination in India?
- 3 Is online registration mandatory?
- 4 Is the Covid-19 vaccine free in India?
- 5 Are there any side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine?
- 6 Which Covid-19 vaccines are being used in India? Can you choose?
Who is eligible for Covid-19 vaccination in India from April 1?
All above the age of 45 years will be eligible for a vaccine shot from April 1. The vaccination drive was kicked off in January with healthcare workers and frontline workers getting inoculated first. It was followed by the second phase in which senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and people aged 45 or older with comorbidities were eligible.
How to register for Covid-19 vaccination in India?
One can register self for Covid-19 vaccination through the government’s Co-Win portal using the link–http://www.cowin.gov.in. One can also register for vaccination through the AarogyaSetu App. As per the health ministry rules, up to 4 persons can be registered for vaccination using the same mobile number.
Is online registration mandatory?
No. Apart from online registration, one can also visit any vaccination centres nearby (both private or government) for an on-spot registration.
Is the Covid-19 vaccine free in India?
Currently, vaccination at government hospitals and clinics are free. However, vaccination at private hospitals will cost up to Rs. 250 per dose.
Are there any side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine?
Some people may experience side effects such as tiredness, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, joint pain after getting vaccinated. These side effects are common and are likely to subside within a day or two.
Which Covid-19 vaccines are being used in India? Can you choose?
Two vaccines have been granted authorization in India: Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited). At present, beneficiaries cannot choose between two vaccines.