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High Covid-19 vaccine coverage helps Patna recover faster amid surge

Patna, with 72,77,514 doses, leads among Bihar’s 38 districts in terms of administering Covid-19 vaccination doses, followed by East Champaran (55,92,128 doses), Muzaffarpur (48,98,473 doses), Gaya (4,6,21,983) and Madhubani (44,26,356).
Patna has achieved first dose vaccination coverage of 81.04% against its eligible target population of 49,17,869, including the 15-18 years age group adolescents. Its second dose coverage is 81.7% against those eligible for the second jab. (HT PHOTO.)
Patna has achieved first dose vaccination coverage of 81.04% against its eligible target population of 49,17,869, including the 15-18 years age group adolescents. Its second dose coverage is 81.7% against those eligible for the second jab. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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Covid cases hitting new high but Punekars fearless

A major reason, according to experts, is the mildness of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the third wave coupled with high vaccine coverage due to which the people’s attitude towards the virus has changed drastically since the second wave
People’s attitude towards the virus has changed due to lower hospitalisation rates and a lower death rate during the third wave. This in turn has been facilitated by vaccination. At (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
People’s attitude towards the virus has changed due to lower hospitalisation rates and a lower death rate during the third wave. This in turn has been facilitated by vaccination. At (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:56 PM IST
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ByDisha Palkhiwala and Anuran Sadhu

Low hospitalisation of Covid patients due to Patna’s high vaccine coverage: DM

Patna’s high vaccination coverage has played a key role in reducing the number of hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients in the ongoing third wave of the pandemic as compared to the second wave last year, as only 2.6% of its 5,051 active Covid-19 cases on Saturday have required hospitalisation, while the remaining 97.4% are under home isolation, said Chandrashekhar Singh, district magistrate of Patna.
A health worker administers a dose of the Covid vaccine in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
A health worker administers a dose of the Covid vaccine in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:38 PM IST
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Covid-19 can create birth-related problems among unvaccinated pregnant women

  • The majority of complications, which also included Covid-related critical care admissions, occurred in unvaccinated women, according to one of the first national studies of pregnancy and Covid-19.
Covid-19 can create birth-related problems among unvaccinated pregnant women: Study(Pixabay)
Covid-19 can create birth-related problems among unvaccinated pregnant women: Study(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 08:37 AM IST
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Total resistance: Tens of thousands protest against Covid vaccine pass in France

  • A negative Covid test will no longer be sufficient, except to access health services.
Anti-vaccine protesters take part in a march.(Representative image/AFP)
Anti-vaccine protesters take part in a march.(Representative image/AFP)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 06:25 AM IST
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Administer vaccine doses three months after Covid-19 recovery: Centre to states

“Please note that: in case of individuals having lab test proven Sars-2 Covid-19 illness, all Covid vaccination including precaution dose to be deferred by three months after recovery,” additional health secretary Vikas Sheel said in a letter to the states on Friday.
Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and administration of the booster dose for health and front-line workers, and people aged 60 years and above with comorbidities started from January 10.(AP)
Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and administration of the booster dose for health and front-line workers, and people aged 60 years and above with comorbidities started from January 10.(AP)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 03:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

33% of Haryana govt students, 14% staffers yet to receive Covid vaccine

As per data provided by the school education department, till January 21, 4.4 lakh of 6.54 lakh students in the 15-18 age bracket had received the first dose of the Covid vaccine in Haryana, while 76,363 government school staffers have been inoculated
Thirty-three percent of eligible students enrolled in Haryana’s government-run schools are yet to receive the first dose of the Covid vaccine, while 86% of the school staff has been vaccinated (Representative Image/HT File)
Thirty-three percent of eligible students enrolled in Haryana’s government-run schools are yet to receive the first dose of the Covid vaccine, while 86% of the school staff has been vaccinated (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 12:39 AM IST
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BySunil Rahar, Rohtak

85% in the 15-18 age group in Delhi’s govt schools have received Covid vaccine: Govt

In a written statement issued on Saturday, the government also said that vaccination in private schools was taking place slowly with only 42% of eligible students have received the vaccine till January 21
The Directorate of Education (DoE) has set a target of 100% vaccination till January 30. In a circular issued to schools on Saturday, DoE said that out of 8,07, 738 eligible students of government schools, 6, 80, 210, had been already vaccinated which was roughly 84.21%. (AP File)
The Directorate of Education (DoE) has set a target of 100% vaccination till January 30. In a circular issued to schools on Saturday, DoE said that out of 8,07, 738 eligible students of government schools, 6, 80, 210, had been already vaccinated which was roughly 84.21%. (AP File)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 11:36 PM IST
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BySadia Akhtar

Covid vaccine not mandatory, but state has right to offer certain services for fully vaxxed: Ajit Pawar

Earlier last week, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that Covid-19 inoculation guidelines issued by the Union health ministry do not envisage forcible vaccination without obtaining the consent of an individual
The response in this regard came from deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar while answering a query about the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court that no one can be vaccinated against their will. (HT PHOTO)
The response in this regard came from deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar while answering a query about the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court that no one can be vaccinated against their will. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 05:35 PM IST
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In December alone, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation received one-fifth of entire Covid vaccine doses of 2021

Navi Mumbai civic body received 15.52 lakh Covid vaccine doses in 2021, out of which 3.13 lakh were in December alone; likewise, 11% of total vaccination doses administered were in December
A beneficiary receives his vaccine against Covid in Navi Mumbai. NMMC received 15.52 lakh doses in 2021, out of which 3.13 lakh were in December alone. This also helped improve the vaccination status in the city. Of the total vaccination doses administered, 11% was in the month of December. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
A beneficiary receives his vaccine against Covid in Navi Mumbai. NMMC received 15.52 lakh doses in 2021, out of which 3.13 lakh were in December alone. This also helped improve the vaccination status in the city. Of the total vaccination doses administered, 11% was in the month of December. (BACHCHAN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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ByRaina Shine, Navi Mumbai

Covid vaccination, precaution shots to be delayed by 3 months post recovery

In a letter to all states and union territories, Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Vikas Sheel said that requests have been received from various quarters for guidance in regard to the administration of precaution dose to the eligible persons having Covid illness.
The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose is based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.(AFP)
The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose is based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.(AFP)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 05:17 AM IST
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Centre now allows 6 people to register on one number for Covid vaccination

With some registered beneficiaries receiving erroneous messages regarding their vaccination status, the government also has made a provision for revoking vaccination status in the CoWIN system
Gurugram, Jan 21 (ANI): A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-through vaccination drive, at vaccination centre, at Candor TechSpace, Sector-48, in Gurugram on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Gurugram, Jan 21 (ANI): A healthcare worker inoculates a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-through vaccination drive, at vaccination centre, at Candor TechSpace, Sector-48, in Gurugram on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Yogendra Kumar)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 04:08 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Booster doses are key in fending off Omicron, show CDC studies

Three new US studies offer more evidence that the Covid-19 vaccines are standing up to the Omicron variant, at least among people who have received booster shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the studies.
A dose of a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. (Representational Image / AP)
A dose of a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. (Representational Image / AP)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 10:17 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid vaccine booster doses must start with most vulnerable: WHO

  • The WHO last year had urged all high-income countries to declare a moratorium on offering booster jabs of Covid-19 vaccines until the end of 2021, citing poor vaccination coverage in multiple low-income nations, especially those in Africa.
The WHO said that it recommends booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, starting in the highest-priority group that includes older adults, health workers and immunocompromised people. (Photo by JAVIER TORRES / AFP)
The WHO said that it recommends booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, starting in the highest-priority group that includes older adults, health workers and immunocompromised people. (Photo by JAVIER TORRES / AFP)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 10:05 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Co-WIN now allows 6 members to register from one number

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 9pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The Co-WIN web portal serves as the central government platform for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination. (File Photo)
The Co-WIN web portal serves as the central government platform for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 08:46 PM IST
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Now six members can register on CoWIN through one mobile number

Since some registered beneficiaries have been getting erroneous messages regarding their vaccination status, the government has made a provision for revoking vaccination status in the CoWIN system.
The backbone of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery system has been CoWIN, the IT platform modified for implementation of the national immunisation programme. (SHUTTERSTOCK.)
The backbone of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery system has been CoWIN, the IT platform modified for implementation of the national immunisation programme. (SHUTTERSTOCK.)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 07:57 PM IST
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Co-WIN registration limit extended, now 6 members can sign up from one number

Co-WIN: Additionally, a new utility feature has been added under which an existing beneficiary can apply to have their Covid-19 vaccination status changed from fully vaccinated to partially vaccinated or even unvaccinated.
Co-WIN is the central government's web portal for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination. (File Photo)
Co-WIN is the central government's web portal for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 07:14 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Anupam Kher on why he is vaccinated: ‘I don’t want to die on a hospital bed'

  • Anupam Kher has shared a video, talking about why he chose to be vaccinated and still prefers to wear a mask amid coronavirus pandemic.
Anupam Kher has shared a message for his fans. 
Anupam Kher has shared a message for his fans. 
Published on Jan 21, 2022 01:29 PM IST
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Covid-19 in Europe: France, Germany battered; new curbs in Austria, Italy

The Omicron variant has led to a surge in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases across Europe. Due to this, some countries have brought in strict curbs, but others - where the infection rate is slowing - have devised plans to live with the disease.
People cross a street at a public transport station after snow fall hit the German capital in Berlin, on Thursday.(AP Photo)
People cross a street at a public transport station after snow fall hit the German capital in Berlin, on Thursday.(AP Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 10:00 AM IST
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Brain fog due to Covid: Study claims it's due to virus' effect on spinal fluid

Brain fog and other symptoms have been associated with long Covid. The spread of the Omicron variant is believed to be bringing back these symptoms. Scientists say cough, fatigue, congestion and runny nose are some other symptoms associated with Omicron.
Brain fog causes memory loss and cognitive issues.(Representative Photo/Pixabay)
Brain fog causes memory loss and cognitive issues.(Representative Photo/Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 10:08 AM IST
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Gurugram logs over 2,800 fresh Covid-19 cases, two deaths

The district on Thursday reported 2,845 fresh cases taking the active case tally to 24,831, even as the test positivity rate declined by 8% in the past three days, according to the district health bulletin.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Sector 10, Gurugram, on Thursday. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Sector 10, Gurugram, on Thursday. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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Austrian parliament approves vaccine mandate for adults

  • Officials say the mandate is necessary because vaccination rates remain too low in the small Alpine country. 
Austria's parliament approved in a vote on January 20, 2022 the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, becoming the first European country to do so. (AFP)
Austria's parliament approved in a vote on January 20, 2022 the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, becoming the first European country to do so. (AFP)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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Vaccine shielding India against 3rd wave: Govt

To illustrate the difference, the Union health secretary presented data showing how there were over 3,000 deaths on April 30, when new cases were over 380,000, while now, when 317,000 new cases were added, the number of fatalities was 380.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Hospital in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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UP crosses 24-crore Covid vaccination mark

Uttar Pradesh is the first states in the country to have administered a total over 24-crore Covid vaccine doses, said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary, medical health, UP
Uttar Pradesh is the first states in the country to have administered a total over 24-crore Covid vaccine doses, said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary, medical health, UP (HT file)
Uttar Pradesh is the first states in the country to have administered a total over 24-crore Covid vaccine doses, said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary, medical health, UP (HT file)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:43 PM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Lucknow

Ensure 30 lakh Covid vax doses in UP per day: CM Yogi

In UP, 96% of the people in 18+ eligible age groups have got their first dose of the vaccine while 62% have got both their doses, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said in a Covid review meeting on Thursday
In UP, 96% of the people in 18+ eligible age groups have got their first dose of the vaccine while 62% have got both their doses, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said in a Covid review meeting on Thursday (HT file)
In UP, 96% of the people in 18+ eligible age groups have got their first dose of the vaccine while 62% have got both their doses, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said in a Covid review meeting on Thursday (HT file)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Lucknow

News updates from HT: 3rd wave of Covid hits South, over 46,000 cases in Kerala

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 9pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
A man looks out from a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) ward in the Government Medical College Hospital in Manjeri, in the Malappuram district of the southern state of Kerala. (Reuters / Representational Image)
A man looks out from a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) ward in the Government Medical College Hospital in Manjeri, in the Malappuram district of the southern state of Kerala. (Reuters / Representational Image)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 08:54 PM IST
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Pregnancy in times of Covid-19: Top myths busted

  • There is no dearth of myths surrounding pregnancy and Covid-19 has added a few more to the list. An experts debunks some of them.
Pregnancy myths busted(Pixabay)
Pregnancy myths busted(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 05:01 PM IST
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UK: Boris Johnson rolls back norms such as mandatory face masks, vaccine pass

Plan B measures refer to legally enforced face masks, mandatory Covid passes, and advice to work from home. Johnson expressed hope that England can now return to Plan A, which consists of less strict regulations.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (AP)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 03:20 PM IST
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Austria introduces lottery to encourage citizens to get vaccinated against Covid

  • New daily infections surged to a new record on Wednesday as the extremely contagious Omicron variant spread further, but the government wants to avoid another national lockdown, since the country emerged from its fourth one only last month.
Roughly 72% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. (Representative purpose) (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)
Roughly 72% of Austria's population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, one of the lowest rates in western Europe. (Representative purpose) (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 02:39 PM IST
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Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved Covid-19 vaccine

The country has ordered 51 million doses of the US-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million. Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are already in use in Australia.
The Novavax vaccine will be available to unvaccinated Australians aged 18 years and older.(Reuters)
The Novavax vaccine will be available to unvaccinated Australians aged 18 years and older.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 01:57 PM IST
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