Jamshedpur: The district administration has come up with an action plan for easy administering of COVID-19 vaccine. The action plan involves the transportation, storage and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the district.
In a recent meeting of the District Task Force Immunisation (DTFI) committee , future strategy was chalked out. As per the plans 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 ailments.
As part of the preparation, the district health department is converting a godown into a massive vaccine storage facility at the Old Civil Surgeon office premise, on Dhalbhum Road in Sakchi. This facility will be equipped with a cooler and fridge storage.
“ We have been instructed to be prepared for the planned distribution of the vaccine. For this we are setting up a storage facility. Steps are being taken as per guidelines of the Union Health Ministry. The facility will be up by the end of December,” said an official of the health department.
He expressed confidence that the vaccine for Covid-19 will be available anytime in January 2021. Hence the government of India has instructed all of them to have a storage facility with a cold chain maintenance system ready by the end of the month so when the vaccine consignment reaches the city on time. A plan should be prepared for the transportation of the vaccine to all places in the district.
Moreover, data pertaining to supervisors, Anganwadi workers, helpers, Panchayat Raj sweepers, village volunteers, sweepers, tractor drivers, inspectors and top-level staff data should be prepared and kept ready. “ In the first phase, the health workers will receive the vaccine. We are preparing a list for the same,” said the official.
Instructions have been given that 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.
As per the guidelines a mapping of human resources across departments will be done 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.