On 16 January 2021 India started its national vaccination programme against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The drive prioritises healthcare and frontline workers, and then those over the age of 60, and then those over the age of 45 and suffering from certain comorbidities.

Steps to register for Covid-19 vaccination

As per reports, the COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system will be used to track the enlisted beneficiaries for vaccination and COVID-19 vaccines on a real-time basis.

Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated per the prioritization there will be no provision for on-the-spot registrations.

The registered mobile number will be used to inform the eligible beneficiaries.

Currently, common people cannot register for the upcoming vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic as only officials have access to it for now.

Once live, the Co-WIN app or website will give three options for registration including self-registration, individual registration, and bulk upload.

One of the following document will be required for registration are Driving licence, PAN card, bank passbook, passport, pension document, MGNERGA job card, voter ID, official IDs of MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs, government-issued service ID card and health insurance smartcard issued by Ministry of Labour.

Photo ID is a must for both registration and verification of beneficiary at the session site to ensure that the intended person is vaccinated, the guidelines state.

As the second wave of Coronavirus has hit the nation many states have imposed lockdown. Worst hit is in Maharashtra as the state reported 25,833 Covid cases its highest peak recorded on September 11 last year.

Amid a rising number of coronavirus cases, a night curfew has been imposed in Pune from 11 pm to 6 am. Schools and colleges to remain shut till March 31. Hotels, bars, malls, and theatres will remain shut from 10 pm to 6 am during the night curfew. Gardens will be closed in the evening.

Night curfew imposed in Nashik as well from 7 pm to 7 am. A capacity of 25-30 peoples at weddings and events, after March 15 no marriages in halls. However, hotels can remain open from 7 am till 9 pm with 50% capacity. Schools will remain closed. Religious places remain closed on Saturday and Sunday.

To stem the rising covid-19 cases, a week-long lockdown from March 15 to 21 in Nagpur City has been imposed. However, during this period, essential services will be staying operational. The government offices in Nagpur will function with a 25 percent capacity.

Punjab too issued new curbs night curfew in 11 districts, closed educational institute, put restrictions on the social gathering, in order to control the fresh Covid-19 surge in the state.

Uttarakhand has also imposed lockdown in some areas like Dehradun. Its district magistrate (DM) announced a complete lockdown in Mussoorie’s Galway Cottage area and St. George’s School, Barlow Ganj area and declared them containment zones. As per the order, all shops and offices will be closed till further announcements and only one person from a family will be allowed to out to purchase essential items.

India is racing to contain a second wave of the coronavirus. India added the most coronavirus cases in close to four months, causing active infections to climb back to the 3-lakh mark, at a time the nation rolled out the world’s biggest inoculation programme to contain its massive outbreak.

The outbreak is centered on the state of Maharashtra. Entire districts of the state have gone back into lockdown. Scientists are investigating whether a new strain found there is more virulent, like variants found in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.

Officials are under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to aggressively ramp up testing and vaccination, especially in Mumbai, to avoid disruptions like last year’s dramatic nationwide lockdown and resulting economic recession.