According to a national report, the Central Government is about to start the process of procuring and distributing the Covid vaccines from the manufacturers with the phased distribution of the same as the DGCI had approved the vaccines on SundayThe distribution will begin by the end of next week. The Prime Minister said the country is about to witness the largest vaccination drive against covid in the world.
The Covishield of the Serum Institute of India and the Covaxin vaccine of Bharat BioTech are licensed now but with restrictions. Covishield has completed the three phases of clinical trials. But Covaxin has been allowed with restrictions as it did not complete the clinical trial tests. Randeep Singh Guleria said that Covishield would be used primarily and coaxing had been given permission only as a reserve. Covishield will be distributed across Kerala.
30 million people will be inoculated in the first phase across the country. The government would buy the extra 6 crore worth vaccines in several phases as per a senior government official. The Government is now coordinating with accredited companies. The documents will take some time to finish the process but the government is confirmed to complete the process as soon as possible. The nationwide dry run of vaccines had just taken place all over India and no crisis was reported. Co-Win mobile-app too has gone through certain updates now.
The charges for the vaccines manufactured by Serum Institute of India was Rs. 250 for a single dose. However, the company has now agreed to distribute the same at a price of Rs.200. Officials confirmed the government would buy the vaccine at the price offered by the company through the first 100 million doses will be bought at a special rate. It is estimated to cost the government about Rs.1200 crore for vaccinating the entire population.
The Central Expert Committee in charge of the distribution of vaccines had said earlier that the central government would coordinate the distribution of vaccines to the states once the contract is signed. The vaccines will be delivered to 31 major hubs being set up in the country first which is about 29,000 vaccination points from various states. The number will be increased if needed.
The vaccines will be given to the health workers all over the country. About 1 crore health workers will be vaccinated. After this, about 2 crore leading activists will be vaccinated which is considered to be the two most difficult categories in this situation as a pandemic is still ongoing in high numbers. As the vaccines become more available more categories will be included on a priority basis.
Health workers will be further divided into 9 categories which are, Health workers in government and private hospitals, Asha workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife, Multipurpose Health workers, Staff Nurses, Asha Facilitators, Anganwadi workers, Assistants, Public Health Nurses, Lady Health Visitors, Community Health Officers, HealthOfficer, District Women and Child Development Officer. Doctors, Ayush Doctors, Dentists, Paramedical Staff, Administration Staff, Lab, and Theatre technicians, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Nursing Orderless, Medical students and Ward boys.
The leading Personnels will include State and Central Police Officers, Armed forces, Home guards, Jail staff, Disaster relief volunteers, Civil defence Personnel, Municipal employees and Revenue Personnel involved in Covid defence activities.
After 30 million people in the first phase, the priority goes to vaccinate 27 crore people who are elderly and have other diseases. It is estimated that there are 26 crore people over the age of 50 in the country. Besides, there are more than a million people with severe diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and lung disease. The age limit for vaccination is January 1, 2021. Everyone born on or before January 1, 1971, falls into this category. Of these, the first consideration will be for those above 60 years of age.