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Center asks states to increase coverage of beneficiaries who receive the Covid-19 vaccine | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Center on Saturday called on the states and territories of the Union to increase the coverage of beneficiaries receiving the Covid-19 vaccine and to increase and optimize inoculation sessions per day.
States and UT were also asked to begin vaccinating front-line workers from the first week of February, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.
This was done during a review meeting chaired by the Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan.
“Although some states and UT have more than 50 percent coverage, all were recommended to improve the percentage coverage of vaccinated beneficiaries, since there are many states and UT that need to improve their performance in this parameter,” said the statement.
The health secretary noted that the Covid-19 vaccine is available in sufficient quantity and that CoWIN’s technical problems have already been resolved.
“States / UTs were advised to ensure that regular review meetings of the state, district, and bloc working group are held to assess emerging challenges, understand core issues, and quickly address them at appropriate levels,” said.
It was noted that there is enormous room for improvement in the average number of vaccinations per session and state health secretaries were asked to analyze the daily variation in the average number of vaccinations and take the necessary steps to increase them.
States and UTs were also asked to organize multiple simultaneous vaccination sessions per day at the health facility whenever possible.
“This would substantially increase the number of vaccinations per day. He (secretary) urged the district immunization officers to interact with the nodal officer at the session sites on a regular basis to assess the extent of this improvement,” the statement said.
Drawing attention to the recent letter from the Ministry of Health, Bhushan noted that it is necessary to issue a provisional digital vaccination certificate after the first dose and a final certificate after completing the second dose.
“States / UTs were asked to take the necessary steps to ensure that vaccination certificates are issued to all vaccinated beneficiaries before they leave the session,” he said.
Bhushan reiterated that validation of eligibility and verification of the identity of a beneficiary is of utmost importance to ensure that only genuine and properly authenticated beneficiaries are vaccinated according to the identified priority group.
The importance of timely data reconciliation was also stressed during the detailed review meeting. As the vaccination campaign has stabilized substantially over the past two weeks, states / UTs were strongly urged to reconcile the backlog in the CoWIN app, “he said.
“This will duly ensure that all beneficiaries are accounted for as the exercise progresses to its next phase,” the statement read.
UT states and health authorities were advised to carry out the necessary planning to ensure the smooth implementation of this phase.

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