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Covid Vaccine To Be Available For All Above 18 Years

Covid Vaccine to be available for all adults i.e. above 18 years of age in India

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On April 19, the Government of India announced the Phase 3 Strategy of Covid-19 vaccination. As per the government’s press release, every citizen of India above the age of 18 will be eligible for the vaccine through ‘other than the Government of India channel’ that includes state government and private vaccination providers. During the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several important decisions were taken related to pricing, procurement, eligibility, and administration of the vaccine.

The government has allowed all stakeholders to customise the vaccination program in respective states based on the local needs. The vaccine manufacturers have been asked to scale up their production, and the Government of India will provide an incentive for the same. The union government will also take steps to attract new national and international players in the market.

Everyone above 18 eligible for the vaccine

In the meeting, the Government of India allowed everyone above the age of 18 to get the Covid-19 vaccine from May 1. PM Modi said that the government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. He further added that India is vaccinating its citizens at a record pace and it will be further enhanced in the coming time.

Phase-3 to liberalise vaccine program

The government said that in phase-3 of the vaccination program, the National Vaccine Strategy aims at liberalised vaccine pricing and scaling up vaccine coverage. It would require vaccine production and its availability to pace up across the country.

The government will provide support for the manufacturers to ramp up the production and will invite new players at the domestic and international level. “It would also make pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccines open and flexible, allowing all stakeholders the flexibility to customise to local needs and dynamics,” the government said.

Here are the main elements of the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy of the National Covid-19 Vaccination program that would come in effect from May 1, 2021.

  1. Vaccine manufacturers would supply 50% of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to Govt. of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to State Govts and in the open market (hereinafter referred to as other than Govt. of India channel).
  2. Manufacturers would transparently make an advance declaration of the price for 50% supply that would be available to State Govts and in the open market before May 1 2021. Based on this price, State governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments etc., would be able to procure vaccine doses from the manufacturers. Private Hospitals would have to procure their supplies of Covid-19 vaccine exclusively from the 50% supply earmarked for other than Govt. of India channel. Private Vaccination providers shall transparently declare their self-set vaccination price. The eligibility through this channel would be opened up to all adults, i.e. everyone above the age of 18.
  3. Vaccination shall continue as before in Govt. of India vaccination centres, provided free of cost to the eligible population as defined earlier, i.e. Health Care Workers (HCWs), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and all people above 45 years of age.
  4. All vaccination (through Govt. of India and Other than Govt. of India channel) would be part of the National Vaccination Programme and mandated to follow all protocol such as being captured on CoWIN platform, linked to AEFI reporting and all other prescribed norms. Stocks and price per vaccination applicable in all vaccination centres will also have to be reported in real-time.
  5. The division of vaccine supply 50% to Govt. of India and 50% to other than Govt. of India channel would be applicable uniformly across for all vaccines manufactured in the country. However, the Government of India will allow the imported fully ready to use vaccines to be entirely utilised in the other than Govt. of India channel.
  6. Govt. of India, from its share, will allocate vaccines to States/UTs based on the criteria of extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) & performance (speed of administration). Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criteria and will affect the criteria negatively. Based on the above criteria, State-wise quota would be decided and communicated to the States adequately in advance.
  7. The second dose of all existing priority groups, i.e. HCWs, FLWs and population above 45 years, wherever it has become due, would be given priority, for which a specific and focused strategy would be communicated to all stakeholders.
  8. This policy would come into effect from May 1 2021 and will be reviewed from time to time.

How to register for the vaccine?

You can register with the Arogya Setu app or Co-Win website. At the time of registration, you will be able to choose from the available slots. As the government is going to allow states and open market sales of the vaccine, more instructions on how you can get the vaccine are expected from the central and state government.

Please note that the eligibility for the vaccination program through the government of India channel will remain the same. If you are between the age of 18 and 45, you have to either get vaccinated under the vaccine program by State Government or through private vaccination providers.

What documents are required for the registration of eligible beneficiary?

Any of the below-mentioned ID with Photo may be produced at the time of registration:

  • Aadhaar/Driving License/Voter ID/PAN Card/Passport/ Job Card/Pension Document
  • Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
  • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
  • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
  • Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
  • Service ID Card issued by Central/State Govt/Public Limited Companies

Who all cannot get vaccinated?

The Health Ministry had stated before that the vaccine cannot be given to three categories that include anyone with a history of allergic reaction to a previous dose of Covid-19 vaccine, allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, and food items and pregnant and lactating women, and women who are not sure of their pregnancy. When the Covid-19 vaccine was first launched in India in Jan 2021, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare asked pregnant women not to take the vaccine as no pregnant women were part of any trials so far. The Ministry had said, “Pregnant & Lactating women have not been part of any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, women who are pregnant or not sure of their pregnancy; and lactating women should not receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time.”

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Tips to Manage Mental and Emotional Well Being After Recovering from COVID-19

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COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus enters the body via nose, mouth and eyes. Some recent studies suggest that virus may be airborne and can be spread through fine infected droplets that remain suspended in the air in closed air-conditioned environments of offices, AC cabs-buses, shopping malls and theatres due to absence of cross-ventilation, even when you are not in direct contact with an infected person. It is essential that, after recovery, a person manages his/her lifestyle in a way that he/she can be in a positive mindset.

Taking care of your emotional wellbeing

The experience of having COVID-19 can be very stressful with fear and anxiety. The disease may impact your emotional wellbeing along with your physical wellbeing. Psychological impact of infection can vary from immediate effects, like:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  • Fear of social stigma.
  • Irritability, anger, confusion.
  • Frustration, loneliness.
  • Denial, anxiety, depression, insomnia, despair.

How to cope with this stress?

Here are some things which you can do cope up the stress, fear and anxiety:

  • Take a break from constant watching the news or limit the time for news.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones over audio or video calls.
  • Re-live your hobbies which you enjoy doing.
  • Take adequate rest.
  • Maintain healthy diet.
  • Do light exercises as your condition permits.
  • Do not hide your illness.
  • Speak accurately about the risk from COVID-19, based on scientific data and latest official health advice.
  • Share positive stories of those who have recovered from COVID-19.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Good nutrition is very important before during and after an infection. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent COVID-19 infection, maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of supporting a strong immune system. Eat a variety of foods to ensure adequate intake of important nutrients.

Energy-rich foods: These foods are a source of carbohydrates that provides energy to the body. It includes cereals (wheat, rice, maize, etc), fats/oils, sugars

Body building foods: These foods provide protein to the body. Pulses (all dals, beans, legumes), animal foods (eggs, meat, poultry, fish), milk and milk products. Requirements of proteins also increase during infection for the proliferation of immune cells and the synthesis of chemical compounds

Protective foods: These foods are the sources vitamins and minerals that play a significant role in immunity. Seasonal fruits and vegetables (dark green leafy, yellow and orange coloured, citrus, and other fruits). Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, selenium are known to influence the immune responses.

Immunity Boosters: Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures:

  • Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) & Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add Jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
  • Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.
  • Add Ginger and Garlic to cooking.
  • Drink warm to normal water and keep hydrated.

Healthy Tips

  • Do not skip meals and divide your daily calories in to 5-6 small meals.
  • Use whole grain cereals, whole grams and pulses, whole wheat porridge, whole wheat bread, oats etc. to incorporate fiber in your diet.
  • Supplement wheat with whole channa and do not sieve flour (wheat and channa 4:1 ratio). Mix rice with whole grams or dals in a ratio of 1:1 to incorporate fiber.
  • Consume at least 4-5 servings of fresh green vegetables and fruits/day.
  • Use olive /canola/ rice bran / soy /mustard oil. Change oils in couple of months.
  • Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds are good sources of antioxidants include in everyday diet.
  • Water intake: 2 litres/day
  • Limit intake of excess salt, processed and preserved foods
  • Avoid eating from out
  • Restrict alcohol, tobacco and smoking.

An adult with no pre-existing disease and with no co-morbities (like hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiac disease) have a 2000 calorie diet plan.

Persons with any co-morbity and any underlying condition should take consultation from professional (Doctor/ Dietician/ Nutritionist) for their individualized diet plan.

References:

• Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Guidelines

• WHO guidebook for Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after COVID19- Related Illness

• US- Centre for disease Control (CDC)

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Akshaya Tritiya 2021: Rituals and Significance

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Akshaya Tritiya 2021 (Image: Shutterstock)

Akshaya Tritiya 2021 (Image: Shutterstock)

Lord Kubera, the God of money pleaded to Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya which commenced a generous rain of money and wealth on him.

The propitious day of Akshaya Tritiya is observed with enthusiasm and passion by Jain and Hindu communities across India every year. The occasion of Akshay Tritiya is of unique importance as it is considered that the course of destiny transforms on this day making the occasion greatly propitious. On this day, worship of gods especially Lord Vishnu is performed as the most important ritual.

The title of the festival signifies two words, Akshay and Tritiya. Both the words hold tremendous importance in the Hindu religion. Akshay which indicates “never diminishing” carries endless sunshine and harmony in the lives of people who keep fast on this occasion. The term Tritiya originates from the fact that Akshay Tritiya comes on the third day of the illuminated half of Vaisakhi month.

There is another purpose for the recognition of Akshay Tritiya for the Jain community. The religion cherishes Tirthanakara Rishabha’s one year fast which halted on Akshay Tritiya when the sage ended the fast with sugarcane juice.

Akshay Tritiya is rejoiced by different titles in various parts of India. In the state of Chhattisgarh, the occasion is celebrated by the name Akti whereas, in the Westerly parts of the country like Gujarat and Rajasthan, the occasion is referred to as Akha Teej.

Aside from acquiring wealth and commencing new businesses, believers also tie the knot with their preferred partners on this auspicious day.Wedding on Akshay Tritiya is regarded very favourable as Lord Sundaresa wedded Goddess Madhura on this day.

According to the notion of the worshippers, Lord Kubera, the God of money pleaded to Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya only which commenced a generous rain of money and wealth on him.

This is the reason why people contemplate purchasing gold or new investments propitious on Akshay Tritiya. The commencement of new business or new profession on Akha Teej is also deemed very lucky.

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Here’s How to Protect Yourself and Others from Coronavirus

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As the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave causes havoc in India, Medanta, a chain of multi-speciality medical institutes, has formulated certain guidelines

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the recently discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus enters the body via nose, mouth and eyes. Some recent studies suggest that virus may be airborne and can be spread through fine infected droplets that remain suspended in the air in closed air-conditioned environments of offices, AC cabs-buses, shopping malls and theatres due to absence of cross-ventilation, even when you are not in direct contact with an infected person.

COVID-19 transmission can be reduced by:

  • Staying at home if possible, especially if you are more than 60 years or less than 5 years of age, or have comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension or chronic ailments. Avoid meeting visitors at home.
  • Washing your hands and face at regular intervals with soap and water.
  • Wearing a mask at all times when out of the house.
  • Social distancing – keeping a distance of 6 feet from others when out of the house.
  • Cleaning the frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant regularly.
  • Avoiding closed spaces with central air-conditioning like offices, malls, etc. with inadequate fresh air.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition through balanced diet, maintaining hydration with plenty of fluids, boosting immunity through fresh fruit juices, herbal drinks and turmeric in milk.
  • Daily exercise and meditation.
  • Taking your daily prescribed medicines regularly. Don’t self-medicate.
  • Avoid going near sick people.

Seek medical advice whenever needed. Teleconsultations are available at Medanta. Register on Medanta eClinic or call 0124 4834566 for help.

References:

• Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Guidelines

• WHO guidebook for Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after COVID19- Related Illness

• US- Centre for disease Control (CDC)

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