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Corona cases increasing, new variants found in many states

Corona cases in the country are continuously increasing. The country recorded 53,480 new cases in last 24 hours and the total tally of the nation was 1,21,49,335, as per the union health ministry.

The cases are increasing in Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Centre has also accepted that a new double mutant variant of the virus has been detected in 18 states.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that it is really a matter of concern that the union health ministry has informed that corona strains of Britain, South Africa and Brazil have been found in 18 states and according to experts, virus with these strains spread very fast and lot of caution has to be taken. He has appealed to people not to be careless otherwise the results would be very serious.

He said that during last year, corona warriors played an important role in saving the state from Covid-19 and in such situation the entire hard work will go waste due to small carelessness. Gehlot has asked to form a group of doctors to study in regard to the second wave, which by analyzing all the important points should prepare a strategy so that Rajasthan remains safe from this outbreak.

The Chief Minister said that those who have been vaccinated should compulsorily wear masks. Night curfew has been started in ten cities, markets to close at 9 pm instead of 10pm.

The cases in Rajasthan are also increasing which from 60 cases in February has gone up to more than 600 cases per day in March 24.

Now looking at the increasing cases, the Centre has decided to inoculate people above 45 years from April 1. The vaccination started in India on January 16 and vaccine is being administered to health workers, frontline workers, people aged above 60 years and for people aged 45 to 60 with comorbidities. So far, more than 5.08 crore people have been vaccinated, as per the MoHFW website.

Meanwhile, the Centre has revised the gap of taking the second dose of Covishield vaccine from 28 days to six to eight weeks. This revision is not application on

Frequently Asked Questions on Co-WIN

Is it necessary to take 2nd dose of vaccination?

Yes. It is recommended that both doses of vaccine should be taken for realising the full benefit of vaccination. Both doses must be of the same vaccine type.

When should I take the 2nd dose of vaccination?

It is recommended that the 2nd dose of COVAXIN should be administered in the interval of 4 to 6 weeks from the date of 1st dose administration. For COVISHIELD the recommended interval is 4 to 8 weeks. You may choose the date of 2nd dose vaccination as per your convenience.

Will my 2nd dose appointment be automatically scheduled by Co-WIN system?

No. You have to take an appointment for the 2nd dose vaccination. The Co-WIN system will help you book an appointment in a Vaccination Centre where the same vaccine is being administered as the vaccine type (COVAXIN or COVISHIELD) of the 1st dose.

Whom can I contact if I have some problems related to my online registration of appointment?

You can call on the national helpline ‘1075’ for information and guidance on COVID-19 vaccination and Co-WIN software related queries.

Is vaccination free at all vaccination centres?

No. Vaccination is free at Government hospitals and charged up to Rs. 250 per dose in Private hospitals. Citizens can get this information on the Co-WIN portal while booking an appointment.

Can I choose the vaccine?

All vaccines being offered are safe. Choice regarding the type of vaccine is currently not available.

What precautions should I take at the time of 2nd dose vaccination?

The Vaccination Centres have been directed to ensure that if a citizen is being vaccinated with 2 nd dose, they should confirm that the first dose vaccination was done with the same vaccine as is being offered at the time of second dose and that the first dose was administered more than 28 days ago. You should share the correct information about the vaccine type and the date of 1st dose vaccination with the vaccinator. You should carry your vaccine certificate issued after the first dose.

Can I get vaccinated with 2nd dose in a different State/District?

Yes, You can get vaccinated in any State/District. The only restriction is that you will be able to get vaccinated only on those centres which are offering the same vaccine as was administered to you on your first dose.

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