Covid-19: train vaccinators from among healthcare workers on priority, Center tells states
As part of the exercise to create a database of health workers who would receive injections of the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with priority in the first phase of vaccination next year, the Center has ordered the states Create a subset of healthcare workers. from the group that can also be used as a vaccinator.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to all Union states and Territories to identify these people and use them during the massive Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Information on these individuals will be digitally incorporated into the common database on activities related to national immunization programs.
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“As you know, the Government of India has started preparations for the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine, once it is available. As part of the preparations, one of the activities is the creation of a database of health workers (TS) that will be prioritized for the Covid-19 vaccine. This database of health workers will be uploaded to the Covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoVIN) ”, said the letter sent by Vandana Gurnani, additional secretary of the Union Ministry of Health.
“In this sense, it is reiterated that potential vaccinators among health workers must be identified to receive support during the Covid-19 vaccination campaign …”, the letter said.
The Ministry of Health has developed a list of categories that would qualify as potential vaccinators and will receive the corresponding training. Among the categories defined by the experts are MBBS doctors, BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) doctors, staff nurses (those with Bachelor of Nursing), Assistant Nurse Midwives of different degrees, pharmacists, students who They are doing internships during their MBBS course and also BDS interns (dentists).
These individuals will be considered for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine, provided they are actively involved in the daily provision of clinical care to patients and have experience in administering injections intramascularly (into a muscle), intradermally (superficial injection ), and subcutaneous routes (on the skin).
The Center is preparing to vaccinate at least 250-300 million people, including frontline and healthcare workers, against Covid-19 in the first phase in July next year. Of the 300 million people, about 30 million are Crown warriors involved in outbreak management in the country.
Apart from them, people over the age of 65, and those aged 50 to 65, and people aged 50 and under but suffering from comorbidities are on the government’s priority list.
All states are preparing for the mass vaccination campaign that will likely begin in January or February next year.