Coronavirus | No fresh vaccine registration for healthcare workers and frontline workers

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 5, 2021

It is to be noted that healthcare and other frontline workers were eligible to receive COVID-19 jab in the first phase of inoculation.

Bhushan in his letter said that even though the government had extended multiple times before finally fixing a deadline of February 25 for HCWs and March 6 for FLWs to register for the first dose of vaccination, the registrations had never stopped. 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.

As per the NEGVAC recommendation, no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed for COVID-19 vaccination with immediate effect.

Rajesh Bhushan said that universal vaccination of already registered HCWs and FLWs should be ensured.

These include 89,03,809 health care workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 52,86,132 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 95,15,410 frontline workers (FLWs) 1st dose, 39,75,549 FLWs (2nd dose), and 4,29,37,126 doses have been taken by people above 45 years old.

Registrations of persons aged 45 years and above will continue to be permitted on CoWIN portal, the health secretary said.

12,40,764 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 35,427 beneficiaries received 2nd dose of the vaccine. A total of 7,44,42,267 vaccine doses have been given, according to a provisional report till 8 pm.

It may be recalled that the countrywide vaccination drive was launched on January 16 and the vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. Close to 100 NGOs and social organisations also mobilised their teams for raising vaccine awareness, site management and crowd management.

"With increased vaccination centres, our hospitals have recruited additional staff, most of whom are still not vaccinated".

He pointed out that the number deaths have been increasing daily, creating anxiety among the volunteer groups. Given the situation, volunteers, frontline and healthcare workers, who are not covered by the vaccination drive, are now backing out, Mehta said.

Bhubaneswar: Health Director Bijay Panigrahi on Monday said that Odisha's Covishield vaccine stock will last only for another two days.

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