COVID-19 vaccination: Third phase starts tomorrow; Centre asks states to identify low coverage areas
Amidst a rising surge in COVID-19 instances throughout the nation, the Middle will roll out the third phase of its vaccination drive from tomorrow (1 April)
New Delhi: As India prepares to open up its COVID-19 vaccination drive to folks above 45 from April 1, the Centre on Wednesday requested states and union territories to identify low vaccine-coverage pockets, significantly in districts reporting a surge in new infections, and take corrective motion.
Nationwide Well being Authority CEO and Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination chairperson Dr R S Sharma and Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level assembly with well being secretaries, mission administrators of NHM and immunisation officers of all states and UTs throughout the day, an announcement mentioned.
The standing and tempo of the inoculation drive throughout the nation have been reviewed on the assembly held by video-conferencing, as have been the preparations for April 2021, when vaccination can be prolonged to cowl all people above the age of 45, the ministry mentioned.
“A key theme underlying the meet was the identification of low vaccine coverage pockets significantly in districts exhibiting COVID-19 surge and for taking corrective actions there,” it mentioned within the assertion.
On vaccination coverage of healthcare staff (HCWs) and frontline staff (FLWs), the states and the UTs have been suggested to be certain that solely eligible beneficiaries have been registered and inoculated beneath the respective classes.
They have been additionally suggested to archive incorrect and duplicate entries on the Co-WIN platform, identify pockets of low vaccination coverage well being facility, skilled affiliation, blocks, districts for taking corrective motion and guarantee saturation of vaccination of those teams on precedence.
States and UTs have been requested to conduct common evaluations of capability utilisation at personal COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
They have been additionally requested to undertake GIS evaluation of CVCs to identify the necessity for extra such services, and tackle apprehensions of personal CVCs concerning vaccine provide and pointers, the assertion mentioned.
The states and UTs have been additionally suggested to be certain that there was no sedimentation of vaccine shares at any stage of storage and that their distribution was based mostly on consumption to keep away from overstocking or under-stocking at chilly chain factors and CVCs.
They have been requested to conduct common evaluations of vaccine shares and consumption to identify hole areas and tackle the identical, the ministry mentioned in its assertion.
The Centre additionally suggested the states and UTs to keep vaccine wastage at lower than one per cent (present Nationwide Wastage Proportion being six per cent).
They have been requested to guarantee well timed utilisation of obtainable inventory to keep away from the expiry of vaccines and replace the vaccine consumption information on Co-WIN and eVIN portals.
Dr Sharma assured that there was no drawback within the storage and logistics of the vaccines. He re-emphasized that there was no worth in conserving vaccines for the second dose and that states should promptly provide vaccines to all authorities and personal hospitals the place there’s a demand, the assertion acknowledged.
A national vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare staff (HCWs) getting inoculated first, and vaccination of frontline staff (FLWs) began on 2 February.
The subsequent phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on 1 March to cowl folks above 60 and people within the age group of 45-59 however with specified co-morbid situations.
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