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Centre begins drawing up plans for vaccine distribution, places frontline staff on precedence

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NEW DELHI: Even as BJP promised free Covid vaccine in election-bound Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, the well being ministry has initiated a meticulous train of equitable distribution of vaccine which might first attain frontline healthcare staff.

The authorities held a high-level assembly with well being departments of all states on Friday to debate drawing up of precedence lists for administering the Covid vaccine, as soon as a vaccine candidate is authorised by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Speaking to ET, well being minister Harsh Vardhan mentioned, “We are devising a meticulous plan for equitable distribution of Covid vaccine, once it is approved. The states are providing priority lists of healthcare workers who would be vaccinated. We are getting into nitty gritties of distribution, cold storage chains and financing. We are conducting online trainings on how to make priority lists. I have started meetings with state health ministers on two major aspects — Covid appropriate behaviour and necessary groundwork for Covid vaccine. I have held meetings with Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh health ministers. Next meeting would be with Bihar.” The well being minister refused to touch upon vaccine politics merely saying the federal government was going by its acknowledged coverage.

The ministry initiated the train on October 16 and despatched detailed tips to state chief secretaries to attract up confirmed precedence lists. Secretary (well being) Rajesh BHushan wrote to the states, “This ministry has started the preparatory activities for introduction of Covid-19vaccines whenever they become available. As part of these efforts, health ministry is preparing a database of healthcare workers, defined as, healthcare service providers and other workers in healthcare settings (both government and private) which may be prioritised for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine…”

The ministry is creating Covid-19 Vaccination Beneficiary Management System (CVBMS). This central database could be ultimate go-to record for vaccination. The ministry has recognized UNDP because the coordinating company for the drive. The detailed tips circulated to states, reviewed by ET, lay down that healthcare staff would come with ASHA staff, educated nurses, well being supervisors, allopathic and AYUSH docs, dentists, paramedical workers, college students in medical schools, nursing and paramedical college students, AYUSH college students, help workers together with sanitation staff, ambulance drivers, outsourced cleansing workers, knowledge entry operators, engineers and different well being workers working in a facility.

The knowledge could be uploaded with correct authorities identification, which would come with service identification playing cards, MNREGA job card or PAN or driving licence. One of the elements that might be captured within the precedence record could be if the healthcare employee could possibly be a possible vaccinator. The authorities has recognized this space as certainly one of main concern as it could want educated personnel to manage vaccines. It expects the information of well being supervisors, nurses, medical officers and college students to obviously mirror if they’re educated as vaccinators.

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