How to get vaccinated without an identity card?
In the midst of the second virulent wave of covid-19, the national immunization strategy relies on systematic end-to-end planning. The government planned to vaccinate the whole country by launching a vaccination campaign. He took the lead, focusing on healthcare workers (HCs), frontline workers (FLWs) in phase I.
In phase II from March 1, 2021, and April 1, 2021, for the most vulnerable population, i.e. over 45 years old. The national Covid-19 vaccination strategy came into effect on May 1, 2021 for people aged 18 to 44.
In the above phases, the beneficiary must self-register or be registered on the Co-WIN portal with seven proofs of identity with photos prescribed before the vaccination, namely
- Aadhar Card
- Electoral identity card with photo (EPIC) – voter ID
- Driver’s license
- PAN card
- NPR smart card
- Pension document with photo
The ministry has expressed the need to facilitate covid-19 vaccinations for all people, and in particular vulnerable groups who may not have any of the prescribed identity cards mentioned above.
Thus, the government has decided to also vaccinate people who do not have proof of identity. These groups of people include nomads (sadhu and saints) of various religions, inmates, inmates in mental health facilities, citizens of retirement homes, roadside beggars, people residing in centers / rehabilitation camps and any other identified eligible person, 18 years of age. years or older.
Here are the steps for people who do not have prescribed proof of identity but who can still get the vaccine.
- The District Task Force (DTF) will identify these groups of people in the respective districts to not have the prescribed individual photo ID cards with the help of the relevant government department / organization such as the Department of Minority Affairs, social justice, social protection, etc.
- The number of beneficiaries to be covered should be collected at the state level and by the state government.
- It should issue clear instructions for the implementation of these step-by-step instructions as well as the estimated maximum number of doses administered at the district level using this special dispensation.
- A copy of these instructions must be published in the public domain and must also be approved by the ministry.
- A key facilitator will be identified for each group. They will provide care and services to people from identified groups.
- This facilitator must have a valid and active mobile number with one of the seven identified identity cards.
- A nodal district manager appointed by the DTF will be appointed for the identification of key facilitators, preparation of the vaccination plan, identification of CVCs.
- He will then decide where the vaccination sessions will be organized, scheduled, communicated to the groups / beneficiaries identified.
- It will also monitor the mobilization of beneficiaries according to the vaccination plan.
- The District Immunization Officer (DIO) will be responsible for organizing immunization sessions in identified CVCs to ensure coverage of identified groups.
- The CoWin system will make it possible to create special vaccination sessions for this purpose.
The session will have the following characteristics
– Registration of as many beneficiaries as it is to be covered (subject to the session capacity limit), without compulsory entry of the mobile number and the photo ID card, thanks to the facilitated cohort registration
– All the vaccination slots in these special sessions will be reserved for the vaccination of these facilitated cohorts
– This installation will only be available in government HVACs
– Information such as name, year of birth (as provided by beneficiary) and gender will be entered into the CoWIN system for beneficiaries
– The key facilitator verifies the identity of the beneficiaries
– Digital vaccination certificates must be provided to beneficiaries, preferably to the vaccination center itself.
- The Nodal District Officer will be personally responsible for ensuring that the special exemption provided by these instructions is extended only to those persons who do not have any of the seven mandatory photo ID cards.
- Vaccine doses made available through the Indian government channel can be used for immunization of beneficiaries 45 years of age or older and vaccine doses purchased by the state government / UT can be used for people aged 18 to 44.
- All technical protocols as prescribed in ministry guidelines for the vaccination center and management of AEFI, etc., should be followed.
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