States share plan on the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine
The states informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday that they are preparing for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine with adequate cold chain infrastructure, while some of them said they have started the process of identifying health workers. front-line, they’ll get the shot first.
Ensuring that the coronavirus disease vaccine reaches everyone in the country dominated the discussion during Modi’s review meeting with chief ministers on Tuesday. At the meeting, the Union’s health secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, told the states that the Center was considering providing vaccination to first-line health workers in the first stage, to police and sanitation personnel in the second stage, those over 50 years of age in the third stage, and those with comorbidity in the fourth stage. He asked states to provide a database of people in these four categories to create a vaccination roadmap.
After the meeting, Karnataka Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai confirmed this and said that the Center has asked each state to establish a committee under the chairmanship of the CM, which will prepare a roadmap to provide vaccines in each district and village. “Vaccine delivery will be linked to a digital ID,” he said.
Karnataka Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa told reporters at Mysuru airport that the prime minister asked them to make preparations for vaccination. “He also said to be vigilant to make sure Covid doesn’t spread.”
Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath informed the Prime Minister that his government was committed to creating a strong cold chain maintenance infrastructure. He also said that considering the vast population of the state, the government will have Covid vaccinators and that the state health department will train them. On Monday, he ordered bureaucrats to put all arrangements for a cold chain infrastructure in place by December 15.
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said his state was testing 100% to the gold standard RT-PCR, that testing has increased from 18,000 samples per day to more than 30,000, and that the hospital infrastructure It has been strengthened with the increase in intensive care unit (ICU) beds. He reported that the state was ready with the database of health workers to administer the Covid vaccine.
Maharashtra’s chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, informed the prime minister that a vaccination task force had been set up. “We have contacted Adar Poonawala from the Serum Institute, who is producing the injection for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. However, there should be clarity about the vaccination schedule in terms of availability, quantity, side effects, cost, and distribution of the vaccine. Our working group will deliberate on all these aspects in the state, ”he said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami said the state established three committees to ensure the smooth implementation of vaccination and that a digital database of Covid frontline workers was also being prepared.
Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said his government would submit a detailed plan to the Center on cold chain management and vaccination schedule. Uttarakhand Prime Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat sought priority vaccination during the upcoming Haridwar Mahakhumbh.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal was fully prepared for a Covid-19 vaccination program and claimed her state addressed the pandemic situation well, even as she urged the prime minister to release quotas from the goods and services tax (GST) immediately.
He regretted that the Union government has not yet released the funds necessary to fight the pandemic. “The installments on account of GST compensation are 8,500 million rupees. The state has spent around 4 billion rupees for the management of Covid-19. But to date, the center has released only 193 million rupees, ”he added.
“West Bengal is fully prepared with a skilled workforce and the necessary infrastructure, including cold chains for the vaccination program. We are ready to work with the Center and other stakeholders to ensure a rapid vaccination campaign for all as soon as the vaccine is available, ”Banerjee said, according to a statement issued by the state government.
(With contributions from state offices)