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Govt. to use poll roll data to allot COVID-19 vaccine:


COVID operational guidelines were released by the Health Ministry recently.

Accordingly:

  1. The COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system, a digitised platform, will be used to track the enlisted beneficiaries and the COVID-19 vaccines on a real-time basis.
  2. The latest electoral roll for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be used to identify the priority population over the age of 50.
  3. At the vaccination site, only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated in accordance with the prioritisation, and there will be no provision for on-the-spot registrations.
  4. Vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and to persons above 50, followed by persons younger than 50 with associated co-morbidities based on the pandemic situation, and finally to the remaining population based on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.
  5. The priority group of above 50 years may be further subdivided into those above 60 and those between 50 to 60 years for purposes of a phased roll-out, based on the pandemic situation and vaccine availability.

Sources: the Hindu.