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India launches vaccination for covid with Covaxin, Covishield
Modi on Saturday inaugurated the covid vaccination mission through video conferencing. Covishield and Covaxin are being administered throughout the country.

NEW DELHI, Jan 16: India launched its covid vaccination drive across the country at 10:30 am on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the mission through video conferencing.

"Everyone was asking as to when the vaccine will be available. It is available now. I congratulate all the countrymen on this occasion," Modi said. "Our vaccine developers have a global credibility. Life-saving vaccines given to 60% children globally are made in India." He said Indian vaccines were cheaper compared to the other global vaccines, which also required stringent conditions for storage.

Three lakh health workers will receive the vaccination on the first day with a hundred persons getting vaccinated at each of the 3,006 sites identified throughout the country per day. Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's indigenous Covaxin are being administered. A recipient cannot choose the free vaccine. Same vaccine must be repeated for a compulsory second dose after a gap of four weeks.

India plans to vaccinate 30 crore of its citizens within the next five months. In the first phase, one crore of health staff and two crores of frontline workers will be vaccinated. These three crores will get the vaccine free, Modi said.

Next 27 crore will receive the inoculation on a priority basis for which the States are preparing the broad modalities. Those aged and those with comorbidities will be on top of the priority list. Children below 18 years will not be vaccinated.

In case of any side-effects like the following lasting for longer than a few hours one may contact the doctor. Mostly these symptoms are normal for any vaccination as it builds up immunity.

Earlier, the Union Health Ministry had issued a notification providing the public with the necessary details about the covid vaccination. The relevant portions are:-

In need of any guidance, the Government of India says, call up Helpline No: 1075.


    • Pain at the spot of injection
    • Fatigue
    • Malaise (discomfort)
    • Fever (Pyrexia)
    • Headache
    • Body ache
    • Myalgia (muscle pain)
    • Arthralgia (joint pain)
    • Nausea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Dizziness
    • Sweating
    • Cold
    • Cough
    • Chills

    Remedy for mild side-effects:

    • Paracetamol can be given for mild post-vaccination reaction.

    Who should avoid covid vaccination for now:

    • Pregnant and lactating women should not receive the vaccine now because the trials did not cover this category.
    • For those with anaphylactic (allergies) reactions to vaccines, drugs or foods, the current vaccination is contraindicated.
    • Those with symptoms of covid and those who had had the plasma or antibody treatment for covid.
    • Those who are seriously ill with any disease.


    • Caution is advised in cases with history of blood coagulation, bleeding, platelet issues.
    • Chloroquine and corticosteroids may impair antibody response

    Conditions not contraindicated:

    • Those with past history of covid infection
    • Those with comorbidities like cardiac, pulmonary, renal, metabolical, neurological history etc
    • Immunodeficient, HIV patients

    A Covishield vial contains 10 doses and a Covaxin vial contains 20 doses. The former is a recombinant vaccine and the latter is whole virion inactivated corona virus.

    Meanwhile, in the context of the adverse propaganda against the indigenous Covaxin, and to dispel any apprehensions, the Bharat Biotech has announced compensation in case of any serious side-effects.

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