Polling officials to be immunized
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: The third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination will begin in Assam from tomorrow. Citizens aged 60 years and above and those between 45 to 59 years with any specific comorbidities will be eligible for the vaccine. Polling officials will also be immunized.
The vaccine will be provided free of charge at the government health facilities. However, in this phase, it will also be available on payment-basis at identified private health facilities empanelled under AB-PMJAY, Atal Amrit Abhiyan and CGHS.
The maximum charges per vaccine will be Rs 250 – Rs 150 as vaccine cost and up to Rs 100 as service charge – per person in private hospitals.
Eligible beneficiaries can self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the COWIN portal and also through other applications such as Arogya Setu, said Principal Secretary (Health) Samir Sinha.
Provisions have also been made for on-site registration of eligible beneficiaries. Beneficiaries can walk in to the session sites and get themselves registered.
Polling officials whose names have not been registered will get vaccinated through walk-in registration.
On the day of the vaccination, beneficiaries will have to carry any one of the following ID proofs for verification: Aadhaar card, driving licence, passport, PAN card, voter ID card, employment card.
Beneficiaries between ages 45 to 59 years with specified comorbidities will also have to provide their comorbidity certificate from a registered medical practitioner at the time of vaccination.
The specified comorbidities include heart ailments, diabetes, HIV infection, various forms of cancer, intellectual disabilities, muscular dystrophy, respiratory problems, kidney and liver ailments, among others.
All the medical college hospitals of Assam, besides a number of private hospitals will carry out the vaccination from March 1. The number of hospitals will be increased gradually.