Free vaccine for healthcare workers, Covid warriors

The Covid-19 vaccine would be provided free of charge to health care workers and Covid warriors in the state, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Naba Kishore Das informed Thursday. “The state government has decided to vaccinate for free in the first phase doctors, health workers, the elderly, Covid warriors, including employees of municipalities, health, electrical and water departments,” he said. Das hoped the vaccination campaign would begin in the state in January.

Director of Family Health and Welfare Bijay Kumar Panigrahi reported that around 3.2 lakh people would be vaccinated in the first phase in the state after the vaccine was launched in the country, and 8,276 health workers would be employed in 29,276 vaccination centers. for this purpose. A total of 1,796 ice-coated refrigerators (ILRs) and 1,771 freezers were prepared for the vaccination campaign, he said.

Panigrahi also informed that five people, a vaccinator, a vaccine authority, a verifier and two supervisors, would be stationed in each vaccination center. According to guidelines issued by the central government, the latest electoral rolls for the Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections would be used to identify the population aged 50 or over for vaccination purposes. About 100-200 people would be vaccinated during each session per day and then monitored for 30 minutes based on their injections for any adverse effects.

A digitized vaccine delivery platform called the “Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network” or “Co-WIN” would be used to monitor the beneficiaries enrolled for vaccination in real time. In addition, 12 photo identification documents would be required for self-registration on the digital platform, including electoral ID card, Aadhaar card, driver’s license, passport and pension document.

Only pre-registered beneficiaries would be vaccinated at the vaccination sites in accordance with the priorities set by the Union Ministry of Health. The guidelines state that there would be no provision for on-site registration.

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