“On Monday, 45 private hospitals will take part in the drive as they have procured vaccine vials required for giving the jabs. The rest will join the campaign in due course. Altogether, Monday’s vaccination exercise will be carried out in 96 centres including 51 government aided facilities. The drive will be carried out on all working days of a week,” said chief medical officer(CMO) Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar. The target groups in the drive are elderly who are 60 years or above and people with comorbidities in the 45-59 age group. The target groups in the drive are elderly who are 60 years or above and people with comorbidities in the 45-59 age group.
The target group’s intended beneficiaries have the option to walk-in at a centre with government recognised photo IDs for the jab or pre-register themselves for inoculation at the centre of their choice. In addition to photo IDs, people with comorbidity will have to bring a certificate of their disease by a certified medical practitioner. The vaccine shots will be free at government centres, while Rs 250 per shot will be changed at private centres, he added.
“The decision will make vaccines easily accessible to the target groups. We expect to cover all the 6.5 lakh beneficiaries within March,” said spokesperson CMO office Yogesh Raghuvanshi.
President, Indian Medical Association, Dr Rama Srivastava said, “The decision will ease pressure on the government facilities, but only those private hospitals which have extra staff, ice-line refrigerators and adverse-effect management facilities should join the drive.”
Three centres for women only today: Health department has reserved three centres for women beneficiaries on Monday on the occasion of International Women’s Day. These pink centres with all-women staff will be set up at SPM Civil Hospital, Avanti Bai and RSM Hospital, said CMO Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar. However, in case any male intended beneficiary comes to the centres, he will not be turned away.