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Centre disallows fresh registrations of health care workers for getting covid vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination: Centre directs states, UTs to not allow fresh registrations of healthcare, frontline... Coronavirus Vaccination: Health Ministry asks states, UTs to stop fresh registrations of healthcare workers
Sandy Nunez | 04 April, 2021, 18:42

They include 89,53,552 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 53,06,671 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 96,19,289 frontline workers (first), 40,18,526 FLWs (second), 4,57,78,875 more than 45 years old (first) and 7,65,354 for more than 45 years old (second).

Registration for those aged 45 years and above will continue on the CoWin portal, the letter added.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with HCWs getting inoculated and the vaccination of FLWs started from February 2.

Bhushan said that when India's inoculation programme began in January, the Centre made all efforts to get as many frontline workers vaccinated as possible.

There has been 24 per cent increase in HCWs database in the past few days. 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 finally fixed as 25 February 2021 for HCWs and 6 March 2021 for FLWs.

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After April 1, all those aged over 45-even those without co-morbidities-were allowed to be vaccinated.

The Union Helath Ministry added that there were reports that some ineligible beneficiaries of the prior categories were misusing the government's order and were adding their names in order to receive COVID-19 vaccine jab in violation of the guidelines issued by the Centre and this was blocking others who are now eligible to receive the vaccine shot.

Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, via a letter to states and union territories, said that some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as healthcare and frontline workers and getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines.

The next phase of the vaccination drive commenced on March 1 for those over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. Urging the health ministry to review its latest directive, Mehta said it dramatically affect daily vaccination numbers due to shortage of healthcare staff and volunteer short staff.