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Action plan for COVID-19 vaccination in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Dec. 4: The district administration has instructed officials to ready an action plan for the transport, storage and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the district.

At the first meeting of the District Task Force Immunisation (DTFI) committee presided by here DDC Parmeshar Bhagat. COVID-19 vaccine would be first administered to healthcare workers, Anganwadis, ASHA workers and ANMs in the first phase. Priority would be given to persons over 50 years of age and those with comorbidities.

DDC said that a database of frontline workers in the district, vaccine storage points and a route map should be prepared for administration of the vaccine in the district. Sanitary workers, ambulance drivers (104 and 108), technicians working in hospitals, administration staff, para-medical staff, MBBS doctors and specialist doctors should be prepared.

The data pertaining to District Women and Child Welfare Department, CDPOs, supervisors, Anganwadi workers, helpers, Panchayat Raj sweepers, village volunteers, sweepers, tractor drivers, inspectors and top-level staff data should be prepared and kept ready.

The required number of data entry operators and computers should be made ready. The biggest godowns (storage points) in the district and in the region should be identified separately. A plan should be prepared for the transportation of the vaccine to all places in the district.

The first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, when available, will be administered to around one crore frontline health workers, official sources said. About 92 per cent of government hospitals and 55 per cent of private hospitals have provided data of the health workers in all states and Union territories.

The government has asked states to work on planning and mapping of sessions of vaccination where, during the first phase, healthcare workers will receive the vaccine. It has also directed them to do a mapping of human resources across departments that can be possibly deployed for vaccination sessions for verification of beneficiaries, crowd management and overall coordination.

The anti-coronavirus vaccine, once available, would be distributed under a special Covid-19 inoculation programme, using the processes, technology and network of the existing Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). It would run parallel to the UIP.

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