From retired doctors and nurses to home guards and civil defence personnel and even volunteers from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathans, the Centre and state governments will tap each human resource that is to be had for the smooth implementation of the world’s largest vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Every vaccination site, according to official guidelines, would consist of a minimum of three rooms and require numerous personnel to perform particular duties.
Vaccination Officer 1 would be from the police, home guards, civil defence, the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) or the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan. His or her job would be to “check the registration status of a vaccine recipient and to verify” that entry into the vaccination centre is regulated.
India’s vaccination crusade against Covid-19 is targeting offering protection against the viral disease to 300 million people by July, including health-care workers, front-line workers and the people most at risk of infection. They would be inoculated at both large private and non-private health facilities with at least 100 vaccine recipients covered in each and every session.
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“For health facilities with less than 100 beneficiaries, its frontline health workers would be sent to another vaccination site,” an official aware of the plan said on condition of anonymity. .
The duty of Vaccination Officer 2 would be to make sure the identification documents of the recipients.Vaccination Officers 3 and 4 will be strengthen staff who will be responsible for crowd management and make sure each recipient spends 30 minutes at the site after receiving a shot to see whether there is an adverse reaction. The strengthen staff would also supply information, education and communication (IEC) messages and strengthen to the vaccinator in addition to the vaccination team.
While the document verification and identification of the beneficiaries would be done in the first room, the second one room would be used exclusively for administering the vaccine.
In this room, the vaccinator officers–doctors, nurses, pharmacists, auxiliary nurse midwifes, lady health visitors anyone else authorized to manage the vaccine — would inject the intramuscular vaccine by an auto-disabled syringe.
Indian drug authorities have final week approved Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use for the intended list of recipients. Officials have identified Covishield, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc., as the main vaccine for India’s immunization drive against Covid-19 while Covaxin would be a supplementary measure.
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Officials added that the Covid-19 vaccination may not take place day by day but on make a choice days in a week. “We also have to make certain that the ongoing universal immunization programme isn’t hampered. Every state has particular days allotted for the UIP. The Covid vaccination programme is likely to take place on the other days,” said a senior official involved in the planning.
The Centre’s guidelines sent to the states says: “Fundamental health products and services including existing routine immunization sessions must not be impacted or interrupted.”
While the vaccine maker would be responsible for safely transporting the vaccine to the designated consignee points in state capitals and big cities, the state authorities have to care for vaccine safety right through storage, transportation and delivery of the vaccine to the inoculation sites.