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GENERAL QUERIES
    • I am above 18 and below 45 years of age. When can I register for the vaccination?
      You can register from April 28 onwards on https://www.cowin.gov.in at 4 pm
    • For how many people I can register under one ID/log-in?
      Unlike previous phases, in this phase one person cannot book appointment for another four people
    • Is there any off-line registration centre?
      No. It can be done through the Cowin app, Umang. You can also sign in through Aarogya Setu.
    • Can I walk in to a vaccination centre and get myself registered over there?
      No
    • Is the vaccines free for 18 - 45 Years age group?
      It is the discretion of your respective state government
    • How much I have to pay if I choose to get inoculated at a private hospital?
      Covishield, Covaxin are being sold to private hospitals at Rs 600 and Rs 1200 respectively. The hospitals would fix the fee in due course
    • If I'm paying for a vaccine can I choose which one to get inoculated with?
      Yes, but it would depend largely on stocks
    • Can I take the vaccine shot if I'm on some medication?
      It depends. You will need to consult the doctor
    • Can a women be inoculated during menstrual cycle?
      Yes
    • Can this vaccine be given to breast-feeding mothers?
      There is no risk known in giving the vaccine to women who are breast-feeding.
    • Can people of 18-45 age get inoculated at my home?
      No
    • Is it mandatory to take both the shots of vaccines at the same vaccination centre?
      No
    • Will I get the vaccination on May 1?
      Unlikely. Many states may get stocks only by May 20
    • Will I be eligible for the vaccine provided to the states, hospitals by the Centre?
      No, the Centre allocated vaccinations are only meant for those who are 45 and above
    • What did ICMR advised to people with comorbid conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases?
      ICMR has advised all those with comorbid conditions to continue the medication prescribed by their doctors regularly as before even if they have some mild symptoms of COVID-19.
    • In what cases people with comorbid conditions should stop their regular medications?
      In no case, unless categorically asked by the treating doctor.
    • Are people with diabetes more prone to COVID-19 infection?
      Those with uncontrolled sugar level are likely to pick all infections. People with diabetes are not exclusively at higher risk for acquiring the infection, but some individuals are prone to more severe disease and poorer outcomes once infected.
    • Do BP medications increase severity of COVID-19?
      According to ICMR in researches no such evidence were found.
    • What did ICMS said about using painkillers in COVID-19?
      Painkillers should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor.
    • Which pain killer has been termed as safest one by ICMR?
      ICMR termed Paracetamol as the safest pain killer.
    • At what price Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN will be sold to private hospitals?
      INR 1200 per dose.
    • At what price Bharat Biotech would give COVAXIN to the state government?
      INR 600 per dose.
    • At what price Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN is being supplied to the government of India?
      INR 150 per dose. Government of India provides the vaccine to the qualified age/comorbid groups for free.
    • What price Bharat Biotech has fixed to export COVAXIN to other countries?
      $ 15 - $20 per dose
    • When and in which case the antiviral drug Remdesivir can be used?
      Remdesivir can be given to the patients with moderate to severe disease within 10 days of symptom onset.
    • Can Remdesivir be given to any patient with 10 days of symptoms onset?
      No, Remdesivir can be given to those moderate to sever patients who are hospitaized and on oxygen support. It can not be used in patients isolated at home.
    • Is their any comorbity underlined when Remdesivir can not be given?
      Remdesivir should not be used in patients with renal and hepatic dysfunction.
    • When and to whom can the plasma therapy be administered?
      Plasma therapy can be administered in early moderate disease within seven days of symptoms.
    • In what cases the drug Tocilizumab can be given?
      Tocilizumab drug can be used strictly under the supervision of medical expert in severe diseases, preferably within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of the disease or ICU admission.
    • Till what level it is considered to be mild symptoms?
      Upper respiratory tract symptoms like cough, sneezing, or fever without shortness of breath or hypoxia has been categorised as mild disease.
    • What the guidelines suggested for home treatment?
      Patient with mild to moderate disease under home treatment should stay in contact with treating physician. They should practice physical distancing, indoor mask use, strict hand hygiene, monitoring temperature and oxygen saturation. They can take anti-pyretics, antitussive, multivitamins based on symptoms.
    • When should a patient seek medical help or hospitalization?
      In event of difficulty in breathing, high grade fever or severe cough, particularly if lasting for five days.
    • Who have been kept under low threshold group for hospital addmission?
      Those with any of the high-risk features such as being above 60 years of age, having cardiovascular disease, hypertension, chronic lung, kidney, liver disease or cerebrovascular disease or obesity
    • Why did Serum Institute announce a new price for Covishield?
      From May 1 the government opened up vaccination for all Indians above the age of 18. This means 50 per cent of the vaccines will be sold in the open market.
    • What is the pricing of Covishield under new policy?
      States will buy it at Rs 300 per shot while private hospitals will pay Rs 600 per jab. This means states will have to pay Rs 600 to procure the vaccine for one person and private hospitals would pay Rs 1,200.
    • Who will have to pay for the vaccines after May 1?
      Those in the age group pf 18 and 44. For those above 45, the Centre provides the vaccine free of cost.
    • Will I have to pay the same prices for vaccines as what the states and pvt hospitals procure it at?
      The states will decide on how much to charge and whom to vaccinate. The pvt hospitals will add the vaccinating charges and could increase the cost for profits.
    • Can I get vaccines at a pharmacy?
      No
    • Can I get Covishield in first week of May?
      In the private hospitals it would be avialble by the third week of May.
    • Am I eligible for the vaccination shot?
      Yes, if you are above 18 years of age. The new vaccination drive is applicable only to those who are 18 years and above and this drive will begin only from May 1 onwards.
    • Which vaccines are immediately available?
      Covaxin and Covishield.
    • Is Sputnik V available?
      It has been approved for emergency use, but the exact dates on its availability will be announced soon by the government.
    • Has the Centre announced the list of hospitals where the vaccine against COVID-19 will be available?
      The Centre would announce the same in the days to come.
    • How many vaccines are now authorized to use in India against coronavirus?
      3, Covishield of Oxford-Astrazeneca which is produced by Serum Institute of India, Covaxin of Bharat Biotech, and third and the latest one is the Russian vaccine Sputnic V.
    • Is the use of Sputnik V, another vaccine against coronavirus approved in India?
      Yes.
    • Who approved the use of Russian vaccine Sputnik V in India?
      The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).
    • Where was the Sputnik V vaccine developed?
      It was developed in Moscow, Russia by Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.
    • Where is Sputnik V to be supplied in India being produced?
      The Russian sovereign company has done a collaboration with Indian pharma giant Dr. Reddy's Lab for the production of Sputnik V in India.
    • What is the ideal temperature to store the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V?
      It needs to be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius.
    • Does it need to develop a cold-chain to store Russian COVID-19 Sputnik vaccine?
      No, a regular refrigerator can help as it can be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius.
    • How many doses of Sputnik V vaccine need to be administered to one?
      2 dosages, after a gap of 21 days.
    • How effective is the Russian vaccine Sputnik V?
      In the trials, it registered an efficacy rate of 91.5 percent.
    • Is there any known side-effects of Sputnik V vaccine?
      Russian news agencies claims that adverse side effects were reported in only 0.1% of cases.
    • What is the cost of one dose of Sputnik V in India?
      The cost is still not officially announced for India, but elsewhere in the world it is priced at about $10.
    • Are gyms functional in Karnataka?
      Yes, at 50 per cent capacity
    • Is public transport functional in Karnataka?
      Yes, but seating capacity should not be exceeded
    • Are schools open in Karnataka?
      Classes 6 to 9 have been suspended. Classes 10, 11 and 12 can continue in existing mode. In-person attendance is not mandatory.
    • Are movie theatres open?
      Yes, at 50 per cent seating capacity
    • Are religious gatherings allowed?
      No, but you can visit the Temple
    • Are public gatherings allowed?
      No
    • Are pubs, bars and restaurants open?
      Yes at 50 per cent capacity
    • Which are the states where Covid test are mandatory?
      Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
    • Is seven-day quarantine mandatory in Madhya Pradesh?
      Yes, a seven-day quarantine has been made mandatory for all travellers coming from Maharashtra. A night curfew has been imposed in Bhopal and Indore from 10.00 pm to 6.00 am.
    • Is an e-pass must in Tamil Nadu?
      Tamil Nadu has made it mandatory for overseas and domestic passengers, except those from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring Puducherry union territory to have an e-pass to be allowed entry into the state.
    • Is the Covid test mandatory for Gujarat?
      The Gujarat government announced that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report will be mandatory for those arriving from other states. Earlier, the government had made negative test report must only for those coming from neighbouring Maharashtra which has been worst hit by the pandemic
    • Is a negative RT-PCR test report mandatory to enter Bengaluru?
      Yes, If you are planning to travel to Karnataka state capital Bengaluru on or after 1 April, don't forget to carry your RT-PCR COVID-19 test report and only if the test report is negative can you enter the city. As of now, people entering Karnataka from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab were asked to furnish their negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report.
    • States that have no restrictions for Domestic travellers?
      Goa, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Jharkhand.
    • Covid Test required to visit Ladakh?
      A negative COVID-19 report on arrival (not earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival) is required for all passengers arriving in Ladakh.
    • Covid-19 test mandatory to enter Delhi?
      The covid-19 test is not required. However, thermal screening will be done for all passengers upon arrival.
    • Is RT PCR negative report mandatory for traveling to Gujarat?
      Yes, from April 1, if you are traveling from other state you need to carry a RT-PCR negative report.
    • Has the night curfew imposed in Maharashtra?
      Yes, effective from 28 March 2021, the night curfew would be imposed across the state.
    • What are the timings of the night curfew in Maharashtra?
      From 8 PM to 7 AM.
    • Will the shopping malls remain open during night curfew in Maharashtra?
      No, all shopping malls in the state would remain close between 8 PM to 7 AM.
    • Will the movement of vehicles be allowed during night curfew in Maharashtra?
      Yes, movement of vehicle is allowed but gathering of more than five persons at one place would be banned.
    • Will there be another lockdown in the state of Maharashtra?
      No such official statement has come yet.
    • Are states allowed to impose fresh lockdowns?
      States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, at district/ sub-district and city/ ward level
    • Is inter and intra state travel banned?
      There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries.
    • Will I need an e-pass or special permission for intra and inter-state travel?
      No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
    • Is inter state travel allowed in Karnataka?
      Yes, but from April 1, you need to carry a RT PCR negative report to enter Bangalore from any other state.
    • Are international flights banned?
      Suspension of international passenger flights has been extended to April 30. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.
    • Is wearing a mask/face cover mandatory in Bengaluru?
      Yes, those found without masks or not maintaining social distancing will have to pay a fine of Rs 250 if caught in a BBMP limit.
    • Am I eligible for the vaccine against COVID-19:
      If you are 45 years of age and above
    • Are the schools and eductional institutions closed in wake of second wave of COVID-19?
      Subject to state order. Some states have issued order to suspend in campus activities.
    • Has a lockdown been imposed?
      A lockdown has been imposed in Nagpur between March 15 to 21.
    • Will government offices be shut in Nagpur?
      Government offices will work with a 25 per cent capacity
    • Has night curfew been imposed in Maharashtra?
      In Pune a night curfew has been imposed between 11 pm to. 6 am, while in Nasik it is between 7 pm to 7 am.
    • Are hotels bars and malls shut in Pune and Nasik?
      Yes between 10 pm to 6 am in Pune and in Nasik they can remain opened from 7 am to 9 pm with 50 per cent capacity.
    • Are schools shut in Pune and Nashik?
      Schools and colleges will remain shut until March 31.
    • Has a lockdown been imposed in Uttarakhand?
      A complete lockdown has been imposed in Mussoorie's Galway Cottage area and St. George's School, Barlow Ganj area. All shops and offices will be closed till further announcements and only one person from a family will be allowed to go out to purchase essential items.
    • Has a night curfew been imposed in Punjab?
      Night curfew has been imposed in Patiala, Ludhiana, Mohali, and Fatehgarh Sahib.
    • Has a night curfew been imposed in Madhya Pradesh?
      A night curfew has been imposed in Indore and Bhopal from March 17 between 10 pm and 6 am.
    • Will commercial establishments be open in Madhya Pradesh?
      Not during the night curfew. In Jabalpur and Gwalior, commercial establishments would not be allowed to open from 10 pm to 6 am. In Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Khargone, Ujjain, Ratlam, Chhindwara, Burhanpur and Betul processions on Holi and Rang Panchmi will not be allowed.
    • Has a night curfew been imposed in Gujarat?
      Yes, in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot from March 17 between 12 am and 6 am.
    • From when does the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination start?
      March 1, 2021
    • Who is eligible in the second drive?
      Those above age go 60. And 45 with comorbidities
    • What are the comorbidities specified for those above 45?
      Heart failure with hospital admission in past year, moderate or severe valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, CT/ MRI-documented stroke, diabetes of over 10 years or with complications, hypertension, end-stage kidney disease on haemodialysis, diagnosis of any solid cancer on or after 2000 or currently on any cancer therapy.
    • How do I register?
      You can download Co-WIN 2.0 portal or register through Aarogya Setu app after February 28, the government is currently updating the platform from Co-WIN 1.0 to Co-WIN 2.0.
    • What will be the cost of vaccination at a government hospital?
      The COVID-19 vaccine will be given free of cost at government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities.
    • What will be the cost of vaccination in a private hospital?
      Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine
    • Where can I find the list of private hospitals?
      A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Authority.
    • Will people be given choice of vaccine?
      There is no clarity on this yet from the government.
    • To whom do the new international travel FAQs apply to?
      To all international passengers coming to India, except to those from UK, Europe and Middle East
    • Do I need to submit a self declaration form before embarking on internation journey?
      Yes a self declaration form has to be submitted on the online Air Suvidha portal-www.newdelhiairport.in before the schedule
    • Do I have to provide a certificate?
      Yes, a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report has to be submitted on the Air Suvidha portal
    • When should I test myself before travelling to India?
      The test should be conducted 72 hours prior to the journey
    • What if I have to make an emergency travel?
      Arrival in India without a negative report will be allowed only for those travelling in the exigency of death in the family. In such case, you will have to apply for exemption on the Air Suvidha portal, 72 hours before boarding.
    • What if I am landing at a sea or land port?
      The same rules for airline travel will apply
    • Will I be allowed to travel if I have submitted the COVID-19 RT - PCR Negative report but symptomatic while boarding the flight?
      No, only asymptomatic travels will be allowed to board the flight
    • What if one traveling in the exigency landed in India without a COVID-19 Negative report?
      Those traveling in exigency and without COVID-19 Negative report, will be tested at airport mandatorily
    • What if I am found symptomatic on arrival in India?
      All symptomatic passengers will be taken to a designated medical facilities.
    • What if I need to take a connecting/transit flight for other Indian cities?
      Those with COVID-19 Negative report can go ahead with 'T' certificate. Those traveling on emergency and withouth COVID-19 Negative report, need to be tested and obtain negative report to go ahead.
    • Who would pay for the COVID-19 test at airport?
      The passenger has to bear the cost of COVID test at airport.
    • Is there any prohibition for inter-state travel witing India?
      No, but those traveling to Karnataka from Kerala have to produce a COVID-19 report.
    • Is the lock-down extended in Maharashtra ?
      Yes, Maharashtra government has extended lock-down till February 28.
    • Which activities are allowed under this phase of lock-down in Maharashtra?
      All activities are permitted subjected to the guidelines issued time to time by the state government.
    • Are there restrictions on inter and intra state movement of people and goods?
      No, there are no restrictions baring some containment zone.
    • Who will decide on the provisions of containment zone?
      State/UT govenments.
    • Will e-permits or special permission be required for inter and intra state travel?
      Special permission or e-permits will be needed based on the states/UTs
    • Will social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural, religious gatherings be permitted?
      Yes, with 50 per cent of hall capacity, with a ceiling of 200 persons in closed spaces
    • What capacity is allowed in cinema halls?
      Already 50 per cent are allowed. More will be allowed and Information Ministry will give separate guidelines.
    • Are swimming polls permitted?
      Earlier, it was permitted only for sports persons. Now it will be permitted for all with revised SOPs.
    • What about exhibition halls?
      Earlier only BRB exhibition halls were permitted. New guidelines to permit all exhibition halls will be issued
    • Will COVID-19 prohibition practices be enforced?
      Yes, the state/UT govenments must promote the habits of wearing face masks, keeping social distancing, washing hands and other hygienic practices
    • Is wearing face cover compulsory?
      Yes, wearing of face cover is compulsory in public places, in workplaces, and during transport.
    • Will spitting in public area be punishable?
      Yes, the offender will be punhished according to the state/UT norms.
    • Is using of Arogya Setu app mandatory?
      The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.
    • Is international air travel open?
      For the opening of international air travel, Ministry of Civil Aviation would take a decision in consulataion with Ministry of Home Affairs
    • What will be the dosage?
      Two doses of the vaccine will have to be taken 28 days apart and protective levels of antibodies generally would develop two weeks after the second dose.
    • Will COVID-19 vaccines provide long-term protection?
      It's too early to know if COVID-19 vaccines will provide long-term protection. However, it's encouraging that available data suggest that most people who recover from COVID-19 develop an immune response that provides at least some period of protection against reinfection.
    • Can one still transmit Covid-19 after vaccine?
      It should be noted that it takes time for vaccines to build up immunity. Vaccines can prevent an exposed individual from developing symptoms of a disease. But whether that vaccine prevents an infection - and thereby stops the disease from spreading to others - presents a gap. People can be exposed to coronavirus right before being vaccinated, or right after, and there won't be time for the body to develop an immune response. That means it's possible a individual could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick.
    • Can we mix Covid-19 vaccines?
      No, people cannot get their first and second COVID-19 vaccine dose from different manufacturers. This is because, while the vaccines protect against the same virus, but the vaccines themselves aren't the same. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the authorised Covid-19 vaccines 'are not interchangeable' and that 'the safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product."
    • Can we mix/alter the dosage Covid-19 vaccines?
      No, as per the guidelines an audult has to be administered two full dosage of the same COVID vaccines. In exceptional cases the doctors will take a call.
    • Which age groups are these COVID Vaccines meant for?
      As of now the government has suggested it for everyone above 14 years of age.
    • Where and how to register for COVID vaccines?
      The COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system — a digitalised platform — will be used to track enlisted beneficiaries for the vaccination and coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis. How to register: You need ID proof like a PAN card, pension card, passport, voter ID, MNREGA job card, or driving license to register yourself for the vaccine. Only these proofs will be valid for the same. Your state civic body will soon start the online registration facility. Till then, you need to be patient. Post online registration, you will receive an SMS on your registered mobile number. It will tell you the due date, place, and time of vaccination.
    • Can anyone download and use the Cowin app?
      Refrain from downloading any apps from Google Play Store just now, as the official app has not yet been released, even as there are many apps on the play store called CoWIN. The app is currently in its pre-production stage and hasn't gone live on Google Play or the App Store. It has the data of health officials who will be first in line to get the vaccination. Over 75 lakh health officials have registered for it already.
    • How will the post vaccination developments be managed?
      Vaccinating a billion people, including hundreds of millions of adults for the first time, against Covid-19 is going to be a daunting and unprecedented challenge. However, people should exhibit caution and strictly abide by coronavirus preventive norms even after vaccines are administered as we still do not know how it affects the risk of virus transmission. However, post-COVID-19 world, we hope India to emerge as the global nerve centre of complex modern multinational supply chains with the right blend of the physical and the virtual.
    • Do we need to submit any document while registering for COVID vaccines
      Any of the below mentioned ID with Photo may be produced at the time of registration: • Aadhar Card • Driving License • Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Job Card • Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs • PAN Card • Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office • Passport • Pension Document • Service Identity Card with photograph issued to employees by Central/ State Govt./ PSUs/Public Limited Companies • Voter ID • Smart card issued by RGI under NPR
    • Do COVID vaccines contains pork/pig gelatin?
      As specified by the producers, no pork or pig gelatin has been used in COVID Vaccines produced in India.
    • Can I by a COVID vaccine from a private medical store?
      Allowing people to jump the queue via the private market is a bad idea, for several reasons. However, the availability of a vaccine in India for now is going to be limited. If left to market forces, the cost is going to be very high and unaffordable. But when the government is involved in the purchase, the cost of a vaccine is going to be low.
    • Do I need to pay if I get vaccinated at a government vaccination centre?
      Central government will bear the total cost of immunising over 3 crore people with covid-19 vaccines in the first phase of vaccination drive starting from January 16
    • What will be the price of one shot of a COVID vaccine?
      Serum's 'Covishield' vaccine would be available at the price of ₹200 per dose. According to the order, each dose of the vaccine has been priced at ₹200 and with GST of ₹10 it would cost ₹210. Serum chief executive Adar Poonawalla in an interview had told in November the vaccine would be priced at about 1,000 rupees ($13.55) per dose for the private market in India and would cost the government about 250 Indian rupees ($3.40) per dose.
    • Do they also need to get vaccinated who were infected in past and have already developed antibodies?
      Yes, it is advisable to receive complete schedule of COVID vaccine irrespective of past history of infection with COVID-19. This will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease.
    • What is the temperature sustainability of COVID vaccines in India?
      All Indian vaccines being developed can be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius as the logistics have been worked out considering temperature as a factor,
    • Does COVID vaccines cause infertility?
      COVID-19 vaccination is not believed to affect future fertility.
    • Can a pregnant woman take Corona vaccine?
      Although the available data do not indicate any safety concern or harm to pregnancy, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.
    • Will the progenies of vaccinated parents be immuned to COVID-19
      When a person gets vaccinated against a disease, their risk of infection is also reduced – so they’re also less likely to transmit the virus or bacteria to others.
    • What are the common/known side-effects of a COVID vaccines?
      The COVID 19 vaccine will be safe and effective but may have minor side effects like fever, pain, etc. at the injection site. These effects can happen in any vaccine.
    • Does the government/medicine company provide insurance to those who take COVID vaccine shot?
      Only specific health insurance policies will cover the cost for the covid-19 vaccines. A regular health insurance policy usually covers hospitalisation expenses along with pre-admission and post-discharge bills. If a person tests positive for coronavirus, gets hospitalised for treatment and administer a vaccine, the vaccine expenses will be covered by all the health insurance policies. However, all those who want to get a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, do not require a stay in the hospital. For those, only the health insurance policies that cover out-patient department, will cover vaccination costs.
    • Who will be responsible if my health conditions deteriorate after taking a shot of COVID vaccine?
      Vaccines will be introduced in the country only after the regulatory bodies clear it based on its safety and efficacy. In India, it is the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which is headed by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) that takes the approval call. The science of vaccine development is such that a vaccine does not induce disease in the recipient's body. There is no evidence to say that an approved vaccine causes illness among the recipients.
    • Do the states in India require to have a dedicated and cold-storage for Covid Vaccines?
      As per ministry officials, a total of 28,932 cold chain points are available across the 36 states and Union Territories in India, while a total of 310 walk-in coolers and freezers together are available and 44,226 ice-lined refrigerators, 40,792 deep freezers and 294 solar units are available with different states and Union Territories.
    • Do all states have COVID vaccines Depots?
      41 destinations have been finalised for delivery of Covid vaccine in India. The national capital Delhi and Karnal will be made mini hubs for delivery of coronavirus vaccines in northern India. For the eastern region, Kolkata will be the hub and will also be a nodal point for the northeast. Whereas, Pune will be the central hub, and Chennai and Hyderabad will be southern India's hub.
    • Will the vaccinator go door to door?
      Based on the potential availability of vaccines the Government of India has selected the priority groups who will be vaccinated on priority as they are at higher risk. The first group includes healthcare and frontline workers. The second group to receive COVID 19 vaccine will be persons over 50 years of age and persons under 50 years with comorbid conditions.
    • In which area of Delhi is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) which is situated in Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area in East Delhi, is one of the city’s biggest hospitals with a capacity of 650 beds.
    • In which cities of UP is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Lucknow sets up 2 vaccine depot, in order to stock COVID-19 vaccine vials when it comes. In Prayagraj, a meeting hall of the Tej Bahadur Sapru (Beli) Hospital as the main vaccine storage centre in the district. In Meerut division, which comprises of six districts of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Noida, Hapur, Bulandshahr and Baghpat, health officials have made adequate arrangements for storing Covid-19 vaccine at the storage centre of the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College.
    • In which cities of Uttarkhan is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      he state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Bihar is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Covid vaccines will reach Patna by air following which it will be transported in freezer vans to state vaccine store situated at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna. From the state vaccine store, it will be then sent to different districts. The vaccines will be stored at 9 government medical colleges and hospitals, 5 private colleges, 21 civil hospitals, 17 sub-divisional hospitals, 208 primary and community health centres, 1 nursing school, 3 referral hospitals and the remaining 36 private institutions.
    • In which cities of Jharkhand is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Jharkhand already has 275 cold chain points and has proposed additional 30 cold chain points to enhance the storage capacity. Located at the Old Civil Surgeon office premise, on Dhalbhum Road in Sakchi, this facility will be having a walk-in cooler and a walk-in fridge.
    • In which cities of West Bengal is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      There are 958 cold chain facilities across West Bengal. Vaccines would initially be stored at Bagbazar medical store after they landed at the Calcutta airport.
    • In which cities of Tripura is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The vaccines store has been identified at Agartala, while eight district vaccine stores will be at the district HQ and 145 cold chain points at the health facility level are prepared for vaccine storage with all cold chain equipment.
    • In which cities of Assam is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Covid-19 vaccine will be stored primarily in Guwahati at state vaccine stores along with 5 regional vaccine stores before sending to district level.
    • In which cities of Meghalaya is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Meghalaya is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
    • In which cities of Manipur is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Mizoram is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Arunachal Pradesh is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Nagaland is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Odisha is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Once the vaccine is airlifted from the manufacturer to Bhubaneswar, the vials will be taken to the State vaccine store and then transported to regional vaccine stores at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Ganjam, Balasore, Balangir, Kandhamal, Koraput, Sambalpur and Sundargarh through special vans.
    • In which cities of Andhra Pradesh is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Gannavaram has been earmarked as the ‘State Vaccine Store’. This will be the main hub from where the vaccines will be sent to the regional vaccine stores. There will be a total of four regional vaccine stores from where the vaccines will be sent across the 13 districts in the state. Kurnool, Kadapa, Guntur and Vizag have been decided as regional vaccine stores.
    • In which cities of Telangana is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      International Airport has stepped up the cold-chain infrastructure for vaccine transportation.
    • In which cities of Tamil Nadu is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The vaccines will arrive by air-cargo from Pune. Upon arrival, the vaccines will be shifted to the Central warehouse in Periamet, from where the vaccines will be dispersed to Regional warehouses across the state through cold storages logistics. Around 51 mobile 'walking coolers' have been put in place for the transport of vaccines.
    • In which cities of Kerala is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Karnatka is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The stock will be stored at Bengaluru and Belagavi cold chain centres and from there it will be distributed to regional vaccine stores in districts by road through refrigerated and insulated trucks.
    • In which cities of Goa is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has identified five government- run hospitals and three private facilities where vaccine would be administered to health care workers. The short-listed government hospitals are - Goa Medical College (near Panaji), Hospicio Hospital (Margao), Asilo Hospital (Mapusa), Chicalim Health Centre (Vasco), Sub District Hospital (Ponda). The private facilities identified for the task are - Manipal Hospital (near Panaji), Healthway Hospital (Old Goa) and Victor Hospital (Margao).
    • In which cities of Maharashtra is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      In Mumbai, the main storage centre until now for polio vaccines is the Parel office, where the executive health office is headquartered. The Kanjurmarg facility will serve as an exclusive point for Covid-19 vaccines. Pune will also be the central point for Pune division which includes the districts of Solapur, Satara, Kolhapur and also Ahmednagar.
    • In which cities of Gujarat is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Rajasthan is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Madhya Pradesh is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Chhatisgarh is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Chhattisgarh’s capital, the district vaccine store (DVS) of Balod has emerged as a model vaccine store. Situated at the district level, a district vaccine store distributes vaccines and dry stocks like syringes to all the cold chain points within its jurisdiction every month, after receiving these supplies from regional and state vaccine stores.
    • In which cities of Haryana is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • In which cities of Punjab is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      Besides one state-level vaccine store, 22 district vaccine stores and 127 block level vaccine stories are being prepared for the roll-out of the vaccine in Punjab, which will also have 570 cold chain points. Besides one walk-in freezer at Ferozepur, the Government of India has decided to provide one more at Chandigarh.
    • In which cities of Himachal Pradesh is the COVID vaccine storage centre situated?
      The state government has not announced any Covid-19 vaccine Storage yet. For real-time data of vaccination related news, stay tuned at CoWin app
    • Is using of Arogya Setu app mandatory?
      The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.
    • Will genome sequencing be conducted?
      Only for COVID-19 positive passengers arriving from the UK since December 22.
    • Are the guidelines applicable only if a passenger is coming from UK?
      The SOP applies for all International passengers who have travelled or transited through UK in the past four weeks.
    • Will there be institutional quarantine?
      Yes, for all contacts of infected travellers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind along with identified cabin crew, who arrived at airports in India between December 21 and December 23.
    • Do all flyers from UK to Delhi have to go under COVID-19 test?
      Yes, all those flying from UK to Delhi are subjected to RT-PCR test on their arrival.
    • What if a UK passenger is found positive for COVID-19?
      One who tested positive would be sent to 14 days institutional quarantine.
    • What about those who are found negative for Coronavirus?
      Those who found negative would be sent to 7 days institutional quarantine followed by 7 days of home-quarantine.
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