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Immunizations for 18+: New Center Guidelines for States Before Phase 3 | India News

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NEW DELHI: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday to guide states / UT in the effective implementation of the new Phase 3 vaccination strategy starting May 1 amid of an increase in the case of Covid.
During the meeting, the Center highlighted the importance of uploading correct and timely data by states / UT as any “incorrect information would compromise the integrity of the entire system.”
States have been advised to prioritize the decision regarding direct procurement of vaccines by the state / UT government and to publish the possibility of “exclusive online registration” for the age groups 18 to 45 years. .

The Center has also asked states to schedule vaccination for the eligible population to provide adequate visibility of vaccination spaces in COWIN and “coordinate with law enforcement authorities for effective crowd management in CVCs.”

Immunizations for 18+: New Center Guidelines for States Before Phase 3 | India News

States were recommended to take the following steps to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan for the increase:
-Identify additional Covid-19 dedicated hospitals and prepare field hospital facilities through DRDO, CSIR or similar agencies in the public and private sector.
-Ensure adequacy in terms of oxygen support beds, ICU beds and oxygen supplies.
-Deployment of the necessary human resources with adequate training and mentoring of doctors and nurses for the management of patients and the strengthening of ambulance services.
-Establishment of sufficient referral links for districts with poor infrastructure through the deployment of additional ambulances.
-Configuration of centralized call center services for assigning beds.
-Keep a real-time record of available beds and make it easily accessible to the general public.
-Create guidelines and allow states to take over private health facilities to provide care for Covid-19.
States were also recommended to expand Covid-19 designated care facilities for the isolation of asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients.
“Ensure adequate availability of oxygen, ventilators and intensive care with trained physicians, as well as access to steroids and other drugs, as appropriate, intensify the creation of oxygen plants in large hospitals,” said the Union Ministry of Health in a statement.
The Center suggested that the state / UT coordinate with corporate entities / PSUs / government departments to obtain their CSR funds to facilitate the creation of temporary hospitals and temporary Covid care facilities.
All people over 18 years of age will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in phase 3 of the vaccination campaign from May 1 onwards.

Times of India

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