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3 lakh health workers to get inoculated on day 1 of COVID vaccination drive

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age.

About three lakh healthcare workers will be administered the vaccine at over 3,000 locations all over the country on day one of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10.30 am on Saturday (January 16) through video-conference.

The vaccination will be done through 3,006 centres on the first day, with each vaccinating 100 people. The centres will be connected virtually at the time of the launch and during the prime minister's address.

"This vaccination programme is based on the principles of priority groups to be vaccinated, and healthcare workers both in the government and private sectors will receive the vaccine during this phase," an official statement issued by the government said.

The government will use the digital platform named CoWIN to carry out the vaccination programme. The platform will be used to register those who will get the vaccine and collect all related details about them. It will also provide real-time information on vaccine stocks.

The government a helpline - 1075 - will function 24×7 to answer queries about the vaccines and the vaccination programme.

The number of vaccination centres is likely to be increased to 5,000 soon. The Union Health Ministry has urged states to conduct vaccination sessions considering a 10 per cent reserve/wastage of doses. Hence, no state administration should show any rush in conducting more than advised number of camps per day, the ministry said. The increase in the number of vaccination sessions per site should be gradual as the vaccination process stabilises.

The Union Health Ministry has procured 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines (both Covishield and Covaxin). The doses have been allotted among states and Union Territories (UTs) in accordance with the number of healthcare workers present. "No discrimination has been done against any state in the allocation of vaccination doses. The allocation will increase as the drive progresses," the ministry said on Thursday (January 14).

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According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age.

The vaccination centres have been given clear instructions on the process to be followed. A total of 3 crore healthcare workers (those registered on Co-WIN app) will be vaccinated on priority, irrespective of their age. The healthcare workers include doctors, nurses, nursing orderlies, safai karamcharis and ambulance drivers. The healthcare workers will be followed by people above 50 years of age and then those younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension etc.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the nationwide COVID vaccination drive on January 16, an official said on Thursday. He will virtually interact with health workers in some cities during the lunch.

The government has bought 110 lakh doses of Covishield at ₹200/dose and 55 lakh doses of Covaxin.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the national capital will have 81 vaccination centres, which will soon be increased to 1,000 centres. The drive will be conducted four days a week - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, in view of the nationwide COVID vaccination drive, the Union government has changed the date for the anti-polio drive from January 17 to January 31. The decision was taken for better management of COVID vaccination, the Union Ministry of Health and Welfare said. Now, President Ramnath Kovind will launch the Polio National Immunisation Day on January 30 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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