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Move to call & inoculate helps reduce vaccine waste in Maha | India News


PUNE: On-site vaccination of registered but unscheduled recipients has dramatically reduced vaccine waste in Maharashtra, and officials say they have been able to fully use the last opened vials of the day.
Each vial of vaccine, containing approximately 10 doses, should be used within four hours of opening. But vaccinators, during the three days before the care policy was implemented, said the doses from the last vials of the day were being wasted due to low beneficiary participation.
Observers said 285 session sites, due to low turnout, had no choice but to discard doses after administering the first three to five doses from the last vial. They estimate that an average of 1,000 doses are wasted each day. But that has dropped considerably, since site managers were allowed to use the remaining doses by calling colleagues who have signed up for the CoWIN app. They have been allowed to do so if the beneficiary count for the day is low.
State immunization official Dileep Patil said: “Waste was minimal even during the first three days of the campaigns, as we had instructed each center in charge to open a vaccine vial only if 10 beneficiaries were present. But after the introduction of on-site vaccination, there has been a further drop in waste. ”
Officials were particularly concerned about the last vial of the day.
Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director of the state health department, said: “Several times, it happened that the vaccinator had to open the vial to finish the inoculation of those that had appeared, before closing the vaccination session for the day. And if there were not nine to ten recipients present, the rest of the doses were discarded. But on-site vaccination has significantly reduced the waste of this last open vial. ”
The state currently accepts a loss of one dose per vial. Errors can occur when filling a syringe. Currently, all centers are able to vaccinate 100 registered healthcare workers who are randomly selected one day before the session.

Times of India