Frontline medical and healthcare staff can now not register for COVID-19 vaccination, the Health Ministry stated at this time. It stated the transfer is to make sure vaccine protection expands shortly to incorporate extra classes of individuals, resembling these above 45, as frontline medical and healthcare staff already have first precedence and sufficient time to get vaccinated.
Some ineligible beneficiaries in these two classes have been discovered including their names and getting vaccinated in violation of pointers, the Health Ministry stated within the order.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated registration of individuals above 45 will proceed on the CoWIN web site and requested states and Union Territories to make sure fast vaccination of healthcare and frontline medical staff who’ve already registered.
When vaccination began within the nation in January, there have been stories about some healthcare and frontline medical workers exhibiting hesitancy to take the jab. They have been thereafter requested to get inoculated and warned of not dropping that probability. Doctors and different well being professionals have been the primary classes to be vaccinated within the nation.
“All efforts have been made in close collaboration with states/UTs to saturate vaccination for HCWs and FLWs. 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 elapsed since these timelines and even after starting vaccination of population above 60 years, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FLWs with a view to ensure optimum coverage,” the Health Secretary stated within the letter, referring to healthcare staff (HCW) and frontline medical staff (FLW).
“Various inputs have been received from different sources that in some of the CVCs (Covid vaccination centres), some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as HCWs and FLWs and are getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines. There has been 24 per cent increase in HCW database in the past few days. This issue was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts… It has been decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed with immediate effect,” the Health Secretary stated.
So far 7.44 crore vaccine doses have been used throughout the nation, the Health Ministry stated at this time. These embody 89,53,552 HCWs who’ve taken the primary dose and 53,06,671 HCWs who’ve taken the second dose; 96,19,289 FLWs who’ve obtained the primary dose and 40,18,526 FLWs who’ve taken the second dose.
4,57,78,875 and seven,65,354 folks over 45 years previous have been vaccinated with the primary and second dose, respectively.
The vaccination drive goes in full velocity amid considerations over a second wave of infections. Some states like Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat and Delhi have reported a spike in every day COVID-19 instances.
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