|Ruchika Chitravanshi and Sohini Das / New Delhi / Mumbai March 01, 2021
While preparations for the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination are almost complete, the state health department has also asked private hospitals to gear up to start vaccinations. Private sector hospitals will have a major and active role in this phase, starting on Monday, from managing registration to storage of vaccines and timely payment to the center for purchased doses.
The central government has said that the Co-Win portal will be open to people of specific age group from March 1. The campaign will start with the government reserved vaccine centers and will increase the vaccination speed by registering more and more people at the Co-Win, who are over 60 years of age and over 45 years of age with other diseases.
On the first day, online appointments will be available in some big cities and metros. Although people will be given which Covid vaccine will not be given first. Currently, there will be two types of vaccines – Kovishield and Kovaccin – available in hospitals.
The Delhi government has told the hospitals that the center will have to pay Rs 150 per dose for the vaccine they want to buy. A senior official said that the Delhi Health Department would provide a maximum of 2,000 doses and a minimum of 600 doses to each hospital.
Maharashtra is preparing a master plan of vaccination. State Health Secretary Pradeep Vyas said that he has a meeting with the hospitals on Saturday. Vyas said, ‘We will provide vaccines to them, keeping in mind the intentions and facilities of the hospitals. Private hospitals will have to pay for the vaccine in advance. ‘ Platinum Hospital of Mulund, who was included in the government panel, said that we do not have any vaccine yet. The picture will be clear in the next few days.
There are 10 doses in the vial of the covishield and 20 doses in the vial of covaxine. Vaccines have to be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees. The official said that hospitals have to be prepared for surprise inspection of proper storage and other facilities. Apart from the strategy adopted earlier, private hospitals will now have to bear the responsibility of implementing the vaccination program.
Previously, a government-appointed team was collecting unused vials and providing the services of trained staff. For example, Max Hospital in Delhi will start vaccination from 12 pm on 1 March. Health officials in Delhi have instructed the hospitals to run the vaccination campaign six days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. The target state of vaccine doses in the vaccination phase will be determined by the total available dose, the availability of additional potential doses, and the need for the second phase. A person will be able to register four beneficiaries, but each must have a different identity card. The beneficiaries can change the information related to registration and allotted time till the completion of vaccination. On the 29th day after the first dose is given after the vaccination time is fixed, the second dose will be applied to the person concerned and this will be decided by the co-win portal.
In some special cases the second dose may be applied on the 42nd day. A special time will also be reserved after the 42nd day. If a person cancels the time of taking the first dose, the time of the second dose will change automatically. There will not be an option to change the date of the second dose. The government has instructed private hospitals to properly manage the time of inoculation to prevent excess congestion. The Delhi government said that free doses will not be available in private hospitals from March 1. Those who have received the first dose free will also not be given the second retail free. The Ministry of Health will also intensify the campaign to get people vaccinated and put more emphasis on community level.