Covid-19 vaccination: center writes to Delhi government on irregularities

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The Union Ministry of Health wrote today to the Principal Secretary (Health), GNCTD to draw attention to the irregularities in the identification of beneficiaries of the COVID vaccination, under the age of 45, by some private covid-19 vaccination centers (CVCs).

In the letter addressed to the Principal Secretary (Health), GNCTD, it was pointed out that there were serious gaps in the registration of beneficiaries by the VIMHANS (Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Neuro & Allied Sciences) located in the Nehru Nagar region in the North East District of Delhi, operating as a private COVID vaccination center. VIMHANS was found to register beneficiaries under 45 as health workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLW), and have them vaccinated.

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<< In accordance with the provisions of the current COVID-I9 vaccination campaign, citizens over the age of 45 (from April 1, 2021) are vaccinated with health workers (TS) and frontline workers (AGC) over 18 years old, in accordance with NEGVAC recommendations. CoWIN sampling data (from March 19 to April 3, 2021) of the vaccinated beneficiaries of this private CVC verified by the Ministry of Health, revealed that many beneficiaries are outside the eligible beneficiaries (not in the population groups identified priorities), in violation of the directives issued by the Union Ministry of Health, ”said a press release from the Ministry of Health.

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Noting that vaccines are a valuable commodity, these serious deficiencies in VIMHANS CVC in terms of compliance with COVID-19 vaccination guidelines are hampering the nation-wide vaccination exercise as eligible beneficiaries may be deprived of vaccination. The Delhi administration was urged to immediately issue a show cause notice to VIMHANS regarding such erroneous practices that violate COVID-19 vaccination standards, and request a written explanation from them within 48 hours. An appropriate fine can also be imposed on the hospital. In addition, it was suggested that hospital repairs could be considered if the explanation of the show cause notice is deemed unsatisfactory.

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In another case, the Delhi government, in accordance with the advice of the Union Ministry of Health, issued a show cause notice to Bensups Hospital, Sector 12 Dwarka, Delhi for violating guidelines issued by the Center on groups eligible to receive COVID vaccination, where people under the age of 45 have been wrongly registered as health workers and field workers.

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