SunstarTV Bureau: The State Health and Family Welfare Department had issued guidelines with regard to Covid-19 vaccination to be carried out from January 16 at around 160 sessions in different districts and Municipal Corporations in Odisha, on Wednesday.
The State had received 4.08 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20000 doses of Covaxin vaccine.
While 50% of the vaccines received would be supplied to districts for first dose vaccination, the remaining 50% vaccines will be supplied in time for second dose vaccination.
A notice of the department sent to all Collectors and Municipal Corporation Commissioners mentions that the vaccination programme would be launched from the 16th of January in 160 session sites, and thereafter, the session sites can be increased or changed so as to utilize the entire available vaccines within one week of January 16.
The guidelines for Covide-19 vaccination are as follow:
- Session planning should be done based on the supply and availability of vaccines in the district.
- Beneficiaries should be informed in advance to come for vaccination in staggered time slots so as to prevent crowding at the session site.
- During vaccination, the principle of saturation of a healthcare institution will be followed. Hence it is to be ensured that when an institution is selected for vaccination, there is sufficient vaccine supply for all its healthcare workers (from Safaikarmachari to doctors) before selecting another facility for vaccination.
- Healthcare institutions, both government and private, will be prioritised for vaccination in the order of the level of care they provide: first tertiary care institutions, then the secondary care institutions, then primary care institutions.
- If the vaccine available is insufficient to cover all institutions of a certain category (tertiary/secondary/primary), the one with the higher patient load will be prioritised.
- If the vaccine available is insufficient to cover all workers within a healthcare facility, the healthcare workers with higher age will be prioritised.