Centre issues SoP to vaccinate beggars, prison inmates without identity cards.

"Covid-19 vaccination services may not be denied in absence of identity proofs," the ministry said.

Source: The Hindustan Times.

The health ministry said identity proofs will not be a hindrance in the way of getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Union health ministry has issued an SOP entrusting district task forces with the responsibility of registration of those groups of people on Co-Win, who do not have any photo identity card.

The center said that since all vaccination against Covid-19 will be documented on the software, one key facilitator with a valid identity card will be identified who will be the point person for the vaccination of these groups. Prison officials, old age home officials can serve as the key facilitators.

Aadhaar card, voter ID card, passport, driving license, PAN card, NPR smart card, pension document are the accepted photo ID proof required for vaccination and the ministry has received several representations from various state governments regarding people who do not have any of these.

Any such groups of people include nomads (including sadhu/saints from various religions), prison inmates, inmates in mental health institutions, people in old age homes, beggars, people residing in rehabilitation centers, and any other identified eligible persons not having any of the seven prescribed photo ID cards.

Around 319 Tihar jail inmates have been infected with Covid-19 while five died of the infection till May 3, director-general (prisons). The Kerala government has decided to grant two-week parole to eligible prisoners to ensure social distancing in jails.

In Uttar Pradesh's Meerut too, around 280 jail inmates will be released on bail or parole, news agency ANI reported.

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