The second phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive for age-appropriate population groups began on March 1 (Monday). 

Several politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court judges and their family members will be administered their first jabs of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, according to the SC Registry sources.

Earlier, it was reported that the judges of the apex court would get the option to choose between Covaxin or Covishield vaccines. Later, the Union Health Ministry, in a clarification, said the judges have not been given any such option to choose between both the vaccines, adding that it will be conducted entirely through Co-Win system.

"The government facility, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary, within the Supreme Court will be used for the vaccination purpose," the Ministry said. 

The retired judges of the apex court and their family members will also be vaccinated on Tuesday (March 2). 

Everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with co-morbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine for free at government facilities and for Rs 250 at many private hospitals. 

The Union Health Ministry on Friday said the facility of on-site registrations will be available so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and get inoculated.

People can self-register in advance by downloading the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or other IT applications such as Arogya Setu which will list the government and private hospitals serving as COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) with the date and time of the available schedules.

The beneficiary would be able to choose the CVC of his/her choice and book an appointment for immunisation, the ministry said.

(With inputs from ANI)



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