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Jamshedpur: Vaccination drive gathers momentum as fresh stock arrives

Jamshedpur, Aug 6: With the arrival of fresh stocks, the pace of vaccination against the Covid-19 is picking up in the city. People are being administered Covaxin and Covishield vaccine.

To increase the number of vaccinations, the administration has also augmented the number of vaccine sessions. Covishield is developed by Oxford University- AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Serum Institute of India (SII). The vaccination drive continues even as the number of fresh cases continues to fall.

Vaccination drives against Coronavirus started in nine more health hubs in and outside the steel city, thus making the total number of vaccination centres to 13 in the East Singhbhum district . The health hubs where the Covishield vaccines started to be administered to the recipients are all  community health centres (CHC), including the one at Jugsalai in the city. Revealing about the development, district civil surgeon, RN Jha said that the CHCs where the vaccination against Coronavirus started to be given on Tuesday include at Patamda, Potka, Baharagora, Chakulia, Ghurabandha, Mosabani, Dhalbhumgarh, Dunaria and Jugsalai.

A team of senior medical officers from the district civil surgeon office is monitoring the vaccination drive,” said the civil surgeon.

The Government had made it clear that the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities based on the evolving pandemic situation, and finally to the remaining population, based on the disease epidemiology and vaccine availability.

Further, under the ‘COVID-19 Vaccine Operational Guidelines’, up to 100-200 people will be vaccinated in each session per day. States have been asked to implement an integrated 360-degree comprehensive advocacy communication and social mobilisation strategy to address the challenges surrounding vaccine rollout progress and benefits.

There are three separate rooms – one for waiting, one for observation, and one for the inoculation – to ensure crowd management and social distancing.  If the session site has adequate logistics and space available, one more vaccinator officer can be added to create a session for 200 beneficiaries.   Stringent measures to be taken to avoid exposing the vaccine carrier, vaccine vials or ice packs to direct sunlight.

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