Friday, 16 April, 2021

Centre closes vaccine registration for healthcare, frontline workers

Phase 2 Covid-19 vaccination to begin on April 19 in eight states Odisha Running Out Of Covishield Vaccine Stock
Sandy Nunez | 05 April, 2021, 22:38

Phase two will kick off with Kedah, Melaka, Penang, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and the Federal Territory of Labuan, to be followed a few days later by other states according to the readiness of the vaccination centres and staff, he said.

India is currently in its third phase of coronavirus vaccination drive with everyone above the age of 45 now eligible for the shots.

The country is now entering its fourth week of increasing COVID-19 cases, Walensky said, a trend that comes as more Americans are getting vaccinated against the virus.

Phase two of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, covering senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PwD) and those with chronic diseases, will begin on April 19 in eight states, said the programme's Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

These include 89,03,809 health care workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 52,86,132 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 95,15,410 frontline workers (FLWs) 1st dose, 39,75,549 FLWs (2nd dose), and 4,29,37,126 doses have been taken by people above 45 years old.

Bhushan asked the states to discourage this practice as it was in violation of the health ministry guidelines.

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Maharashtra state will start shutting shopping malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants, and places of worship from Monday evening. The biggest contributor to the surge has been the western state of Maharashtra , home to the commercial capital of Mumbai.

Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma on Monday said that the possibility of getting infected with Covid-19 even after vaccination can not be ruled out and those who got vaccinated should not give up wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Vaccination of FLWs started from February 2.

Bhushan said that the matter was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts in a meeting of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19, where it was decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed with immediate effect. "While tracking the progress, the timeline for completing vaccination of all HCWs and FLWs with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been extended multiple times and was elapsed since these timelines and even after starting vaccination of population above 60 years, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FLWs with a view to ensure optimum coverage", Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter.

"I request you to kindly direct the concerned officials for wider dissemination of this policy decision for compliance. However, universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured at the earliest".

Panigrahi informed that 33,04,732 people had received the jab in Odisha and the target is to vaccinate 1.16 crore.

India reported 81,466 new COVID-19 cases and 469 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.