60-plus population don’t need certificate for jab

NEW DELHI, Dec 28: People aged 60 years and above with co-morbidity will not be required to produce or submit any certificate from doctor at the time of administration of precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Centre told States and Union Territories today.
Such persons are expected to obtain the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail of the precaution dose or third dose.
In a letter to States and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said personnel to be deployed in election duty in the poll-bound States will be included in the category of frontline workers.
Eligibility of such beneficiaries for the precaution dose will be based on the date of administration of 2nd dose as recorded in the Co-WIN system — completion of nine months i.E. 39 weeks from the date of administration of second dose — Bhushan said.
He informed that CoWIN will send reminder messages to all those eligible for precaution dose, which will be reflected in digital vaccination certificates.
Bhushan chaired a workshop through video conference on Tuesday with all States and UTs to review the roll-out of vaccination for the age group 15-18 and precautionary third dose for vulnerable categories — Healthcare Workers (HCW), Frontline Workers (FLW) and those in the 60-plus age group with co-morbidity.
He said only Covaxin is to be administered in the age group 15-18 years and that additional doses of the vaccine will be sent to all States and UTs.
The Union Government will share the supply schedule of Covaxin with all the states and UTs in the next few days, he said. (PTI)