COVID-19: Registration For Vaccination Closes For Healthcare, Frontline Workers; Know Why

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 4, 2021

As over 12 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered till 8 pm on Friday, the country's cumulative count of vaccine doses given to date has reached 7,06,18,026, informed the Union Health Ministry.

This decision was taken as some ineligible candidates were getting their names enlisted for coronavirus vaccination in violation of the rules, it said.

Senior IAS officer and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter to state governments, has notified an unusual trend in which the total count of healthcare workers in the nation has shoot up by 24 per cent in the last few weeks.

The order has been implemented with immediate effect as vaccination centres told The Statesman that the option to enrol the HCWs and FLWs has been removed from the CoWIN portal.

"All efforts have been made in close collaboration with States/UTs to saturate vaccination of HCWs and FLWs. However, universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured at the earliest", the Health Secretary was quoted as saying in the letter by news agency IANS.

Of the total does of vaccination on Saturday, 24,80,031 were first time beneficiaries, while 2,58,941 beneficiaries received their second dose of vaccine.

Around one month has elapsed since these timelines and even after starting the vaccination of the population above 60 years, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FLWs with a view to ensure optimal coverage, he underlined. These include 89,82,974 healthcare workers (first dose), 53,19,641 HCWs (second dose), 96,86,477 frontline workers (first dose) and 40,97,510 FLWs (second dose), while beneficiaries aged over 45 years - 4,70,70,019 (first dose) and 8,23,030 (second dose). "Out of which 11,86,621 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,13,525 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine as per the provisional report", the ministry said adding final reports would be completed for the day by late night. The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified comorbidities.

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