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AP gets ready for vaccination

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The Covid vaccination drive, which will commence from January 16, will be completed in eight months. The state health department has released the schedule of Covid vaccination drive and announced that the administrative machinery was fully prepared for the vaccination drive. The state health commission, K Bhaskar, said that the coronavirus vaccine will be administered to five crore people, with two doses each starting from January to September 2021 and arrangements have accordingly been made. The state will receive about 1,70,803 vials in 5,690 cartons in January.

In the first phase, the vaccine will be administered to about 3.7 lakh healthcare staff, including ICDS employees. Their details have already been entered in CoWIN app. Similarly, the details of nine lakh frontline workers — staff of state and central police departments, armed forces, home guards, staff of prison department, disaster management volunteers, civil defense organizations and municipal workers — has already been entered in Cowin. However, the entry of details of revenue staff is yet to begin.

Nearly 90 lakh general people above 50 years age and below 50 years with co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, lung disease etc will be vaccinated in the first phase. The health commission said in all, 1,940 sites will be used for the vaccination programme, of which 1,659 have cold chain points within premises. For the rest of the sites, the vaccine will be brought from the nearest cold chain point.

He said 100 health workers would be vaccinated at each session site per day. Each site would be managed by a digital assistant, an ANM, an Anganwadi worker and one Asha worker. In the first round, only healthcare facilities would be used as session sites while private facilities with more than 100 health staff would also be used.

Police security would be posted at each session site, Bhaskar said. According to the Health Commissioner, the state requires at least 10 crore doses of the Covid vaccine to be administered to five crore people over a period of eight months. He said a total of 1,31,75,000 vials would be required till September 2021. Each vial has 10 doses of the size of the measles and rubella vaccines and 25 per cent wastage was expected, he said.

He said that the coronavirus vaccine will be administered to five crore people, with two doses each starting from January to September 2021 and arrangements have accordingly been made. A State Vaccine Store was set up at Gannavaram while four regional stores were opened in Kurnool, Kadapa, Guntur and Visakhapatnam apart from 13 district vaccine stores and 1,659 cold chain points in PHCs across the state.

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