The Indian Government has recently approved the Co-WIN mobile application that aims to act as a forum for vaccine beneficiaries. Recent reports suggest that 97.72 lakh healthcare workers along with 71.64 lakh front-line workers have already registered themselves on the government-promoted healthcare app, as of February 9, 2021. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Choubey has conveyed the joyous news at the Lok Sabha on February 12, 2021.
The Co-WIN application aims to act as a platform for surveyors, vaccinators, and supervisors alike. The app allows provisions such as beneficiary registration, verification, and Aadhar authentication, acting as a portal for checking vaccination statuses and reporting after-effects of the vaccination. The Government is yet to roll out the much-talked-about app which strives to make the vaccination process hassle-free and facilitate smooth implementation of the vaccination prioritization policy. The mass registrations have been deemed as an indubitable sign of success.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) oversees the vaccination process in India. The exclusive group is in charge of decisions of national importance. The prioritization of diverse popular groups is an integral duty assigned to the NEGVAC. The group collectively calls the shots on vaccine selection and delivery along with vaccine procurement, management of inventory, and several tracking mechanisms. Currently, the following categories have been announced by the NEGVAC as the prioritized beneficiaries of the recently launched indigenous COVID vaccine-
- Frontline workers
- Healthcare workers
- People aged 50 and above
- People aged less than 50 with reported co-morbidities for the vaccination
No less than 65.28 lakh beneficiaries have been reported having received their 1st dose of the indigenous COVID vaccine, as of February 9, 2021. The news has been further affirmed by Ashwini Choubey in his recent address. This is a commendable sign of progress and a further indicator of the success of the goals set by the Indian Government to combat the virulent disease.
The COVID pandemic has impacted the lives of people from every sector of the nation. While the masses cope with the ravages of the virus, medical research continues their tireless quest for a cure. There is an all-time-high demand for nurses and front-line workers, as millions enroll for nursing courses each day to lend a helping hand during these challenging times. The news of the mass registration for the vaccination comes as a much-needed repose amidst the nation’s turbulent status quo.