Karnataka government may allow those with comorbidities to self-register for shots | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: India, which faces the daunting task of identifying high-risk people with comorbidities, may consider allowing them to self-declare their condition to get the vaccine. Not all states have data on this set of people who have to be inoculated after healthcare and frontline workers.
Part of India’s vaccine-delivery preparation is to tag and track vaccines from the place of origin (ports/pharma firms) to person receiving the dose. This will be enabled by the CO-WIN app, an upgraded version of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) used for other immunisation programmes since 2015.
While eVIN tracked vaccines up to the cold chain, CO-WIN will track them to the last mile. Every person receiving a vaccine will get an SMS with details of date, venue, time of vaccination and name of vaccinator. The app will also generate certificates.
VACCINE PLANNING
Data from 3rd round may see people self-registering
Beneficiary data for the first two rounds will be entered by state authorities, while data from the third round, which will prioritise comorbid people, may see individuals self-registering.
“Self-registration option has been included in CO-WIN and local officials will authenticate applications before vaccination. The option is disabled at the moment as governments will enter data of healthcare workers,” Arundathi Chandrashekar, director, National Health Mission which will spearhead vaccination, told TOI.
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The government has kept the option of collecting data of persons with comorbidities and uploading them as bulk entries, but this would require massive data across the states which may not be viable within dedicated timelines.
“If such data is unavailable and/or any surveys planned are not complete, the government is likely to allow self-registration. A central committee is deliberating various options,” Arundathi said.
Up to 20% May Be Comorbid
Experts part of ICMR and other government of India committees said various options, including self-declaration, using the non-communicable diseases (NCD) national database and door-to-door survey findings in states like Karnataka and Mumbai region may be considered.
“Around 15%-20% of the population may have comorbidities. The NCD data is not complete and has only passive enrolments which started in October 2019 and only a third of data has been digitised. We’ll soon be starting an active survey and hope to cover the entire population by 2022. We’re likely to include additional fields in surveys to include comorbidities,” Arundhati added.
Some states like Karnataka are looking at additional fields for comorbidities as part of the National Family Survey. “Everything will depend on the central guidelines,” Arundathi said.



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