CoWIN Digital Portal reconfigured to reflect change in Dose Interval of Covishield Vaccine to 12-16 weeks: Ministry of Health

The COVID Working Group chaired by Dr N K Arora had recommended extension of the gap between the first and second doses of COVISHIELD vaccine to 12-16 weeks.

This has been accepted by Government of India on 13th May 2021.

Government of India has communicated this change to States and UTs. The CoWIN digital portal has also been reconfigured to reflect this extension of interval for two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks.

However, there have been reports in a section of the media suggesting that people who had pre-booked their appointment for the second dose in less than 84 days on CoWIN are being turned back from vaccination centres without getting the second dose of Covishield.

It is clarified that the requisite changes have now been done in the CoWIN digital portal. As a result, further online or on-site appointments will not be possible if the period after 1st dose date for a beneficiary is less than 84 days.

Additionally, already booked online appointments for 2nd dose of Covishield will remain valid and are not being cancelled by COWIN.

Further, the beneficiaries are advised to reschedule their appointments for a later date beyond the 84th day from the date of 1st dose vaccination.

The Union Government has reiterated to the States and UTs that the online appointments booked for 2nd dose of COVISHELD prior to this change of the interval between the two doses of Covishield, must be honoured.

The Union Health Ministry has advised the Sates/UTs that the field staff may be instructed that, if such beneficiaries do come for vaccination, the second Covishield dose must be administered and they must not be turned away.

They have also been advised to undertake awareness activities to inform the beneficiaries about this change.

13 PSUs of Petroleum Ministry are establishing more than 100 PSA Oxygen generation plants in hospitals across the country. ONGC is procuring 1 lakh oxygen concentrators: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister:

Under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi ji, steel and petroleum industry have rallied together and are making every effort to help India combat the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic better and stronger.

Steel plants and oil refineries are playing a crucial role in strengthening India’s fight against Covid19 by producing and supplying approx. 6650 MT of medical oxygen out of the daily allocation of 10,000 MT in the country.

Cognisant to the growing demand of medical Oxygen in the country, both public & private sector steel plants have ramped up daily production capacities, including through diverting liquid nitrogen and argon production capacity towards production of additional quantities of LMO.

SAIL, RINL, Tata Steel, AMNS India, JSPL and other steel plants have ramped up LMO supplies from 538 MT per day as on 1st April 2021 to now over 4473 MT per day.

To further boost the availability and distribution of life-saver medical Oxygen, 13 PSUs of Petroleum Ministry are establishing more than 100 PSA Oxygen generation plants in hospitals across the country. ONGC is procuring 1 lakh oxygen concentrators.

Under instructions from GOI, Indian Oil has contracted 207 ISO Tankers with a cumulative capacity of 4214 MT to bolster logistics, transport and last mile deliveries of LMO. Oil PSUs have also placed orders for high capacity oxygen compressors for filling oxygen cylinders.

Petroleum PSUs have also tied up with oil majors in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar for import of 13,740 MT of liquid Oxygen.

To strengthen the critical care and emergency health care infrastructure, petroleum and steel sector companies are facilitating more than 10,000 oxygenated beds at temporary jumbo Covid care centres across the country on a war footing.

To supplement GOI’s efforts of combating the current challenge of Covid19, AMNS India has made operational a 250-bed Covid care centre with uninterrupted oxygen supply near its Hazira plant. It is stepping up efforts to expand the capacity to 1000 beds in the near future.

The steel sector, including SAIL, RINL, MOIL, JSPL, Tata Steel are in the process of establishing 8500 oxygenated beds across the country.

BPCL’s Bina refinery is supplying 10 ton per day gaseous oxygen to a 1000 bed Covid care facility at Bina, Madhya Pradesh. Kochi refinery is supplying gaseous oxygen & drinking water to one of the largest Covid care facility coming up near the Kochi refinery in Kerala.

IOCL has commenced supply of 15 ton per day gaseous oxygen to the 500-bedded jumbo Covid care facility at Panipat. CPCL Chennai & HMEL Bathinda are in the process of facilitating 200 and 100 beds with continuous supply of gaseous oxygen at Chennai & Bathinda respectively.

.The petroleum & steel industry is doing everything possible to save lives and better prepare for emerging health challenges. Under the guidance of PM Shri Narendra Modi, our steel & petroleum sector remains committed to strengthen & support India’s fight against the Covid19.

In the wake of recent COVID surge in Jammu, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh follows-up on COVID facilities in GMC

Dr Jitendra Singh – Union Minister:

  • Took follow-up of COVID facilities in GMC Jammu, following a series of deliberations over the last 3 to 4 days in the wake of recent COVID surge in Jammu.

  • Chopra Nursing Home to start functioning with 100 beds.

  • 2 more Oxygen Plants to be installed in addition to existing ones.

  • Senior Consultants to take regular rounds of Wards.

  • Relatives of patients to be provided proper Identity Cards

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with family doctors today about treatment protocols for COVID patients at a primary level

CM Uddhav Thackeray & the State Task Force held a meeting with about 17,500 family doctors today about treatment protocols for COVID patients at a primary level.

The CM appealed to the family doctors to join the fight against COVID as they know the medical history, co morbidities of each members of the family and are fully trusted by them.

He also appealed to them to render their services in the nearest CCC at least once a week.

Indian Railway commissions Wi-Fi at 6,000th Railway station – From 1 station to 6000 in 5 years

Ministry of Railways:

Indian Railways has commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000th Railway station.

Indian Railway is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flanged stations to connect the passengers and the general public with digital systems.

With the commissioning of Wi-Fi at Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway as on 15.05.2021, Indian Railways commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000 Railway stations.

Indian Railways have started its Journey by providing Wi-Fi facility at 1st Railway station Mumbai in January 2016.

Thereafter, provided 5000th Railway station, at Midanpore in West Bengal and reached 6000th Railway station i.e Hazaribagh on 15.05.2021.

Also, on the same day Jarapada station in Angul District of state of Odisha was also provided with Wi-Fi.

Provision of Wi-Fi facilities at Railway stations on self sustainable basis with no cost to the Railways.

This facility was provided with the help of RailTel, a PSU under Ministry of Railways. This task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust.

State-wise Wi-Fi faciity at Railway stations as on 15.05.21 are as under:

State-wise Wi-Fi faciity at stations as on 15.05.21
SNState/UTNo. of Stations
1Andhra Pradesh509
2Arunachal Pradesh3
3Assam222
4Bihar384
5UT Chandigarh5
6Chhattisgarh115
7Delhi27
8Goa20
9Gujarat320
10Haryana134
11Himachal Pradesh24
12Jammu & Kashmir14
13Jharkhand217
14Karnataka335
15Kerala120
16Madhya Pradesh393
17Maharashtra550
18Meghalaya1
19Mizoram1
20Nagaland3
21Odisha232
22Punjab146
23Rajasthan458
24Sikkim1
25Tamil Nadu418
26Telangana45
27Tripura19
28Uttar Pradesh762
29Uttarakhand24
30West Bengal498
 Total6000

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India will have 51.6 Cr Vaccine doses by July and 216 Cr doses in the August-December Period: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today interacted with State Health Ministers and Principal Secretaries/ Additional Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat states in the presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.

These states/UT are depicting a higher growth rate in the number of daily cases, rise in positivity, high mortality and saturation of healthcare capacity.

The Union Health Minister highlighted the critical challenges faced by the States:

Gujarat has displayed a gradual increase in the positivity since April; the recovery rate stands at 79%, lower than the national average; near 100% ICU beds in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Mehsana and 97% and 96% of oxygenated beds in Ahmedabad and Vadodara stood occupied indicating saturation.

Andhra Pradesh has had an increasing positivity rate since early April 2021; the weekly growth rate was as high as 30.3%; Chittoor, East Godavari, Guntur, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam were flagged as districts of concern.

Uttar Pradesh saw an exponential growth in cases in a six-week period (~5,500 to ~31,000 cases and 2% to 14% positivity); Lucknow and Meerut have more than 14,000 active cases with all categories of bed showing more than 90% occupancy.

In Madhya Pradesh, 10 districts have more than 20% positivity with over 1 lakh active cases all over the State; Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur were flagged as districts of concern.

Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat were cautioned for having a high proportion of deaths in the age group 18-45 years.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed a strong view that the present plateauing of COVID cases should not be taken as a sign for complacency but as a breathing space to expand, revamp and improve Health Infrastructure.

Dr Sujeet K. Singh, Director NCDC presented the epidemiological findings and a granular analysis of the COVID trajectory in the States.

He suggested continuing focus on the health infrastructure in small cities as people from nearby towns and villages would rush there in case of surge.

He also requested the States to keep a tab on the variants of COVID through the INSACOG consortium. Ms. Vandana Gurnani, AS & MD, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare presented on the optimal and judicious utilization of vaccine doses.

A common point of consensus among the State Health Ministers was that vaccines had resulted in milder forms of COVID thereby preventing loss of precious lives.

Taking note of the fact that all States require more vaccines to expand their vaccine coverage, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that production is being steadily ramped up to cater to increased demand while vaccines that are being produced now continue to be equitably apportioned and swiftly sent to States/UTs.

Detailing the ramping up of vaccine production, he said, “We will have 51.6 Cr vaccine doses by the end of July including the 18 Cr doses already administered.

Sputnik has been approved. This along with the slated approval of the new vaccine of Zydus Cadila, Serum Institute of India- Novavax vaccine, Bharat Biotech’s nasal vaccine and the Genova mRNA vaccine will push the availability of COVID vaccines to 216 Cr doses in the August-December period.”

States were advised to ensure complete utilization of available vaccination slots for 45+ age-group/HCW/FLW with awareness campaigns for conveying the importance of completing the second dose of vaccine.

It was reiterated that States need to focus on reduction of vaccine wastage as that will be factored in subsequent allocations to that State.

States were advised to constitute a 2/3-member team at State level on the lines of the dedicated team at Union Health Ministry to regularly coordinate with manufacturers for timely supplies of vaccine through ‘Other than Govt. of India channel’ and also to coordinate with Pvt. Hospitals for their procurement.

The Union Health Ministry has already shared the list of Pvt. Hospital along with doses contracted and supplied with State/UTs.

India’s fight against Covid has been guided throughout by scientists and subject experts and will continue being guided by them: PM Narendra Modi

Testing has gone up rapidly in the country, from around 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week now.

The test positivity rate is gradually decreasing and recovery rate is increasing.

PM asked for guidelines to be made available in easy language along with illustrations for home isolation and treatment in rural areas.

PM chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the Covid and vaccination related situation in the country.

Officials briefed the PM on the current Covid related situation in the country.

PM was briefed that testing has gone up rapidly in the country, from around 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week now.

They also informed the PM about the gradually decreasing test positivity rate and increasing recovery rate.

It was discussed that cases which had gone over 4 lakh cases per day are now coming down as a result of the efforts by healthcare workers, state governments and central government.

Officials gave a detailed presentation on the state & district level situation of Covid, testing, oxygen availability, healthcare infrastructure, vaccination roadmap. 

PM said that localised containment strategies are the need of the hour specially for states where TPR in districts is high.

The Prime Minister instructed that testing needs to be scaled up further, with use of both RT PCR and Rapid Tests, especially in areas with high test positivity rates.

PM said that states should be encouraged to report their numbers transparently without any pressure of high numbers showing adversely on their efforts.

PM asked for augmentation of healthcare resources in rural areas to focus on door to door testing & surveillance.

He also spoke about empowering ASHA & Anganwadi workers with all necessary tools. PM asked for guidelines to be made available in easy language along with illustrations for home isolation and treatment in rural areas.

The Prime Minister directed that a distribution plan for ensuring oxygen supply in rural areas should be worked out, including through provision of Oxygen Concentrators.

The Prime Minister added that necessary training should be provided to health workers in the operation of such equipment, and power supply should be ensured for smooth operation of such medical devices.

The Prime Minister took serious note of some reports about ventilators lying unutilized in storage in some states and directed that an immediate audit of installation and operation of ventilators provided by the Central Government should be carried out.

The Prime Minister added that refresher training for properly operating ventilators should be provided to healthcare workers if necessary. 

PM said that India’s fight against Covid has been guided throughout by scientists and subject experts and will continue being guided by them.

Officials briefed PM about the vaccination process and the state-wise coverage of 45+ population.

The roadmap for future vaccine availability was also discussed. He directed officials to work closely with states to ramp up the speed of vaccination.

COVID19 situation in the country is overall stabilising: Dr. V.K. Paul

COVID19 situation in the country is overall stabilising.

The case fatality rate has been stable during the second wave, which is a big achievement.

There’s much more that can be done, should be done, and will be done.

Dr. V.K. Paul, Member, Health, NITI Aayog

Is it correct that the central government has not yet found a foreign manufacturer on whom a firm order has been placed to import vaccines? : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

Four weeks after the CWC demanded that compulsory licences be issued to other manufacturers, the central government has decided to invite other manufacturers to apply to produce COVAXIN!

Better late than never. But who will be held accountable for the avoidable infections and loss of lives by this delay of 4 weeks?

Who bungled the simple arithmetic of the huge gap between domestic production and demand?

Is it correct that the central government has not yet found a foreign manufacturer on whom a firm order has been placed to import vaccines?

The central government continues to lie to the people of India

Delhi govt has started an Integrated Command and Control Centre: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal – Chief Minister, Delhi:

Delhi govt has started an Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC).

Data related to hospitals, oxygen, vaccination and other aspects of covid management are collected, collated and analysed on real time basis.

It will help us in making informed decision making

Have again requested PM Narendra Modi Ji to have the procurement of vaccine for 18-44 age group done centrally & distributed to states: Capt Amarinder Singh

Vaccination of all is Govt’s responsibility & it would be financially & administratively most expedient to procure Covid19 vaccine centrally.

Have again requested PM Narendra Modi Ji to have the procurement of vaccine for 18-44 age group done centrally & distributed to states.

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab

A good trend, only because we are following “break the chain” rules while our doctors and medics assist our recoveries: Aaditya Thackeray

Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :

A good trend, only because we are following “break the chain” rules while our doctors and medics assist our recoveries.

• Don’t step out unless necessary!

• Keep your hands clean!

• Mask up!

Not the time to rejoice and lower our guard but to work towards breaking the chain



15th May, 6:00pm

Positive Pts. (24 hrs)

– 1,447 Discharged Pts. (24 hrs)
– 2,333 Total Recovered Pts.
– 6,34,314 Overall Recovery Rate – 92%

Total Active Pts. – 36,674

Doubling Rate – 213 Days
Growth Rate (8 May – 14 May) – 0.32%

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Ratha Katha Anukula ritual was performed at Ratha Khala in Puri, marking the beginning of the construction of chariots for the pious Rath Yatra: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister:

On the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, Ratha Katha Anukula ritual was performed at Ratha Khala in Puri, marking the beginning of the construction of chariots for the pious Rath Yatra of Mahaprabhu Jagannath, Maa Subhadra & Lord Balabhadra.

The 21-day Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath also began today.

As per religious rituals, the representative idols of the deities as well as Shivlingas referred as Panch Pandavas are taken to the Narendra Pokhari in decorated palaquins for ‘Chapa Khela’.

Jai Jagannath

Cyclone Tauktae – COVID19 safe camps are being set up, through Kerala SDMA: Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan – CM, Kerala:

Kerala currently has 71 camps, 543 families, 2094 people.

Those being directed to move to Camps should do so without fail.

COVID19 safe camps are being set up, through Kerala SDMA.

Carry Emergency Kits – Masks, Sanitiser, Medicines, Prescriptions, Certificates & Imp. Docs.

According to India Met dept Tauktae’s effects will be felt in Kerala for another 24 hours.

Average rainfall over the last 2 days is 145.5mm. 200mm+ rain in Kochi, Peermade stations.

Those on river banks should be cautious, especially along Manimala and Achankovil.