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Jharkhand to get 25 lakh free vaccines from Centre in July for all age group

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Vaccination drive to gain more speed, ration card also to be used as identity proof

Ranchi, June 20: The vaccination drive against Covid-19 in Jharkhand from July will gain more speed with a target set by state health department to vaccinate over 1 lakh beneficiaries daily with the Central government next phase of liberalised and accelerated vaccination policy commencing from June 21.

According to state health department sources, Jharkhand would be getting in July 33,13,549 doses of vaccines as allocation from Central government.

Incidentally, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Central government will provide free Covid-19 vaccines to everyone above the age of 18 years will begin from June 21. The states won’t have to procure vaccines from the manufacturers. The Centre will buy 75 per cent of the vaccines and will distribute them among the states and the Union territories free of cost.

In the month of July, as per information shared on Sunday by the state health department, the Centre will provide as many as 24,85,150 doses of vaccines free of cost to the state, and at least 8,28,390 doses will be earmarked for purchase by private hospitals in Jharkhand.

So far, the states had to purchase vaccines for beneficiaries in the age bracket of 18 years to 44 years, while the Centre provided free vaccines for beneficiaries above the age of 44 years.

The data of vaccines allocation shared by the state health department states that Central government will supply  20,62,310 doses of Covishield and 4,22,840 doses of Covaxin free of cost to Jharkhand in July. Private hospital in Jharkhand will be able to purchase from 6,87,440 Covishield doses and 1,40,950 doses of Covaxin made available to the state for paid usage.

The state health department claims that it has the infrastructure in place to administer at least 3 lakh vaccines every day and using the free vaccines provided by the Centre will not be a tough ask.

“We currently have the infrastructure to administer around 1 crore vaccine doses every month. We are also working on improving facilities in the state to ensure that all the vaccine doses provided by the Centre in a given month are used in that month itself and there is no issue of backlog and we receive more number of vaccines in the next month,” said state health department nodal officer IEC, Siddharth Tripathi

As per data with the National Health Mission (NHM), there are at least 3,377 government-run vaccination centres in Jharkhand where jabs are administered free of cost to beneficiaries. The number of vaccination centres will be gradually increased once the supply of vaccine from the Centre increases, officials said.

As per government data, the state has so far received 63,80,310 doses of Covid vaccines and used 55,32,223 of them.

In the June month quota, Jharkhand has still got 4,48,670 doses of vaccines for above 45 years category and 4,70,690 for above 18 years category.

Meanwhile, officer on special duty at state national health mission, Naman Priyesh Lakra, has asked all civil surgeons in the 24 districts to allow beneficiaries of vaccination to use photo-based ration cards also as an identity proof for getting the jabs from Monday.

Earlier, Aadhar card, photo-based election card, driving license, pancard, pension passbook, smart card of national population register, passport and disability certificate.

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