People with these 20 health conditions will be priority beneficiaries of Covid vaccine
India’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is set to enter its second phase on March 1 as the Centre aims to expand its vaccination drive to the people with co-morbidities in the 45-59 years age group, and also to senior citizens.
The Union ministry of health and family welfare, earlier on Friday, said that people with co-morbid conditions need to carry a medical certificate to receive the vaccination. On Saturday, in a press release, the ministry had released the 20 co-morbid conditions that would prioritise the beneficiaries to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
“The simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the States. The simplified one page certificate to be signed by any registered medical practitioner is at annexure-1. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN2.0 by the beneficiary while self registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC,” the ministry had said.
Presence of any one of the following criteria will prioritize the individual for vaccination -
- Heart failure with hospital admission in past one year
- Post Cardiac Transplant/Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
- Significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVEF<40%)
- Moderate or severe valvular heart disease
- Congenital heart disease with severe PAH or Idiopathic PAH
- Coronary Artery Disease with past CABG/PTCA/MI AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- Angina AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- CT/MRI documented stroke AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- Pulmonary artery hypertension AND Hypertension/Diabetes on treatment
- Diabetes (>10 years OR with complications) AND Hypertension on treatment
- Kidney/ Liver/ Hematopoietic stem cell transplant: Recipient/On wait-list
- End stage kidney disease on haemodialysis/CAPD
- Current prolonged use of oral corticosteroids/immunosuppressant medications
- Decompensated cirrhosis
- Severe respiratory disease with hospitalisations in last two years/FEV1<50%
- Lymphoma/ Leukaemia/ Myeloma
- Diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 1st July 2020 OR currently on any cancer therapy
- Sickle Cell Disease/ Bone marrow failure/ Aplastic Anemia/ Thalassemia Major
- Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases/ HIV infection
- Persons with disabilities due to Intellectual disabilities/ Muscular Dystrophy/ Acid attack with involvement of respiratory system/ Persons with disabilities having high support needs/ Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness
India has administered 1,42,42,547 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of 7am on Saturday. This includes 66,68,974 healthcare workers (HCW) and 51,19,695 front-line workers who have received the first dose and 24,53,878 HCWs who have received the second dose, according to the health ministry.
Beginning March 1, private hospitals would also be included in the vaccination drive. Also, the vaccine would be free of cost in government centres while the maximum price per dose has been capped at ₹250 in private centres.