Centre plans to introduce COVID vaccine drive on lines of poll booths

NEW DELHI, NOV 6 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/6/2020 12:08:26 PM IST

Central government, in its blueprint for the country’s biggest vaccination drive for COVID-19, has planned that the immunisation program will not only be limited to healthcare facilities, but it will also be extended to schools on the lines of polling booths, reports ANI.

Sources in the government said, “The National Expert Vaccine Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 is preparing the blueprint for vaccine drive to be held early next year. It has deliberated that the COVID-19 immunisation drive will not only be confined to medical facilities, it will also be extended to schools on the lines of election booths.”
“Besides this, experts are looking for the enhancement of digital eVIN platform which will help track beneficiaries. The immunisation program will take place in a phase-wise manner,” the source added.
For the digital platform, the Ministry of Electronics and IT DigiLockers are also involved wherein beneficiaries can store their digital certificate. This will inform the beneficiaries about the date, time, and location of the vaccine in advance. According to the sources, a digital-based certificate will be generated once a beneficiary is vaccinated and there is no adverse event post-vaccination.
Centre has also planned to start the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine first to the healthcare workers followed by other groups to be added “sequentially”. “In all likelihood, the Covid-19 vaccine introduction will span over a year with multiple groups being included sequentially, starting from healthcare workers. Therefore, it is important to create strong advisory and coordination mechanism at state and district-level to guide the process of Covid-19 vaccine introduction while ensuring minimal disruption of other routine healthcare services, including immunisation,” the directions forwarded by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to chief secretaries of states.
Anganwadi centres, schools, panchayat buildings and other such setups would be used extensively in addition to healthcare facilities as vaccination sites in the anti-coronavirus inoculation drive which would be monitored by the Health ministry’s digital platform and would involve sending SMSes and generating a QR code after each jab to track the beneficiaries.

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