The central government has planned to inoculate around 3 lakh health workers at 2,934 session sites on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign which starts from January 16 across India.
“This is the largest vaccination campaign in India to date and it has been decided to vaccinate around 3 lakhs of healthcare workers at 2,934 sites,” a senior government official said on Wednesday (January 13th).
Two Covid-19 vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – have received emergency use authorization in the country after going through established safety and immunogenicity through a well-prescribed regulatory process.
These vaccines can cost between 200 and 295 rupees nationwide.
Earlier today, the Department of Health said the initial total purchase amount of 1.65 crore of doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines had been allocated to all states and Union territories. This was done in proportion to the database of healthcare workers.
The ministry said a first batch of vaccine dose supply would be continuously replenished in the coming weeks.
According to the Ministry of Health, states and Union territories have also been urged to increase the number of vaccination session sites that would be operational each day in a gradual manner as the vaccination process stabilizes.
On Tuesday, union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said: “All preparations are underway for the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine from January 16. A total of 26 virtual meetings / trainings organized with States / TUs, 2360 master trainers, 61,000 program managers, 2 lakh of vaccinators, 3.7 lakh of other members of the immunization team have been trained to date .
“The Health Secretary has said there will be a sequential rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign as the vaccine will be available in limited supply.
“During the first phase of immunization, approximately one million healthcare workers (HCWs), approximately two million frontline workers and approximately 27 million priority age groups will be immunized. The cost of immunizing health workers and frontline workers will only be borne by the central government, ”he added.
Bhushan said the vaccine shipments would first reach four Gross Medical Stores Depots (GMSD) at Karnal in Haryana, Kolkata in West Bengal, Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai in Maharashtra.
“All states have at least one state-level regional temperature-controlled vaccine store. Uttar Pradesh has nine, Madhya Pradesh has four, Gujarat has four, Kerala has three, Jammu and Kashmir has two, Karnataka has two, and Rajasthan has two. These states will receive the vaccine from the manufacturers and the government will be responsible for the “Take it” cold chain, he said.
On Wednesday January 13, Bharat Biotech announced the successful shipment of its Covaxin vaccine by air to 11 cities in India. Bharat Biotech also donated 16.5 lakh doses to the Indian government.
After receiving the government order form for 55 lakh doses, Bharat Biotech shipped the first batch of vaccine (each vial containing 20 doses) to Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bangalore, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai and Lucknow. While some shipments have arrived in the respective cities, others will arrive later.