The ministry recently marked 300 million Indians for the first phase of large-scale immunization of the Covid-19 vaccine.
From vaccinating 100-200 people during each session per day, to monitoring them for 30 minutes for any adverse event, using the Covid Vaccine Information Network to track beneficiaries, the central government has launched a set of lines detailed guidelines for the mass vaccination action, which will start once the vaccines get emergency approval for use from the drug regulator.
The Ministry of Health recently marked thirty million (300 million) Indian population for the first phase of large-scale immunization of the Covid-19 vaccine. It includes a number of health workers, two front-line employees and a general population of 27 million who fall into the priority groups set by the expert group.
According to the guidelines issued on December 12, the latest electoral list for Lok Sabha and the legislative assembly elections will be used to identify the population aged 50 and over.
Approximately 100 to 200 people will be vaccinated during each session per day and will then be monitored for 30 minutes after obtaining photos for any adverse event. The vaccination team will have five members.
“If the session site has adequate logistics and space available for the waiting room and observation room, along with the arrangement for crowd management, another vaccination officer can be added to create a session for 200 beneficiaries,” the lines state. directories.
A digitized vaccine delivery platform called the Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network or Co-WIN will be used to track in real time the beneficiaries enrolled for vaccination.
In addition, 12 photo IDs will be required for self-registration on the digital platform, including a ballot paper, Aadhaar card, driver’s license, passport and pension document.
Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated at the vaccination site, in accordance with the prioritization set by the ministry. The guidelines state that there will be no provision for on-site registrations.
In particular, states were asked to allocate the vaccine from one producer to a district to avoid “mixing different vaccines in the field”.
They were further directed to implement an integrated 360-degree comprehensive communication strategy and social mobilization strategy to address the challenges surrounding vaccine launch.
“It is further stated that all measures should be taken to avoid exposure of the vaccine carrier, vaccine vials or ice packs to direct sunlight”, the guidelines further state, adding that vaccines and diluents should be stored. inside the vaccine carrier with the lid closed until the recipient comes to the vaccination center.
The guidelines also said that there may be no vaccine vial monitors (VVM) and expiration date on the Covid-19 vaccine label, but it should not discourage vaccinators from using the vaccine.
“At the end of the session, the vaccine carrier with all ice packs and unopened vaccine vials should be sent back to the cold chain distribution point,” it said.