First Phase: All 1.65 Cr Vaccine Doses Allocated to States, UTs as Per Health Workers Database, Says Govt

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    First Phase: All 1.65 Cr Vaccine Doses Assigned to States, UTs based on Health Employees Database, States Govt

    The full initial procurement of 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines has been designated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare employees database, the Health Ministry stated on Wednesday. As the country is set to begin an enormous anti-coronavirus shot drive from January 16, the ministry stated each vaccination session will accommodate an optimum of 100 beneficiaries each day and it has advised states not to arrange “unreasonable varieties of vaccination per website each day”.

    ” States have been recommended to arrange vaccination sessions taking into account 10 percent reserve/wastage doses and approximately 100 vaccinations per session each day. “Therefore, any undue haste on the part of states to organize unreasonable numbers of vaccination per website per day is not encouraged,” the ministry said.

    It likewise said that states and UTs have likewise been encouraged to increase the number of vaccination session sites that would be functional every day in a progressive way as the vaccination procedure supports and moves forward. All 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines– 1.1 crore of Covishield and 55 lakh of Covaxin– obtained by the Centre have been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their health care employees database, it said.

    According to authorities, most of the 1.1 crore Covishield doses from Serum Institute of India (SII) have been delivered to 60 consignee points across India from where they will be sent out to smaller centres. Of the 55 lakh dosages of indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech purchased by the Centre, the very first tranche of 2.4 lakh dosages has actually been dispatched to 12 states.

    Covaxin has been sent to 12 sites– one each in Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, Lucknow and Hyderabad, a main source said. Covaxin has been established by Bharat Biotech in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research Study (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV).

    The health ministry on Tuesday said the Centre has actually bought 1.1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine from SII at the expense of Rs 200 per dose, leaving out taxes, while 55 lakh doses of Covaxin are being procured from Bharat Biotech India Limited. “Fifty-five lakh dosages of Covaxin are being acquired from Bharat Biotech. For 38.5 lakh dosages the cost is Rs 295 each, excluding taxes. Bharat Biotech is supplying 16.5 lakh doses for free which ultimately brings the expense of each dose of Covaxin down to Rs 206,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said.

    The government on Tuesday hinted that vaccine receivers for now will not have the alternative to pick from the 2 vaccines– Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin– that have been authorized for limited emergency use in India. According to the health ministry getting immunized for COVID-19 will be voluntary.

    In a response to a concern Bhushan stated, “At numerous places worldwide more than one vaccine are being administered. But, presently, in no country vaccine receivers have the choice of selecting the shots.” Bhushan even more stated that there will be a space of 28 days in between 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and its effectiveness canbe seen just after 14 days. “So we advise individuals to keep following COVID proper behaviour,” he said.

    According to the ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Operational Guidelines”, the shots will be provided first to an estimated one crore health care workers, and around 2 crore frontline employees, and after that to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities based upon developing pandemic circumstance. “Cost of vaccination of health care and frontline employees will be borne by the main government,” Bhushan stated.

    India’s COVID-19 caseload increased to1,04,95,147 with 15,968 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll increased to1,51,529 with 202 everyday new deaths, the information updated at 8 am revealed.

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