Terming the low Covid vaccination protection among the many healthcare and frontline staff, particularly for the second dose, a reason for “serious concern”, the Centre suggested the states and Union territories on Thursday to sharpen their focus and put together efficient plans for expediting the second dose protection amongst these precedence teams.
At a high-level assembly chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with the states to evaluation the progress of vaccination, it was highlighted that whereas the nationwide common for the primary dose administration among the many healthcare staff (HCWs) is 82 per cent, for the second dose, it’s only 56 per cent, an announcement issued by the well being ministry mentioned.
Further, the protection in 18 states and Union territories, together with Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Assam, is beneath the nationwide common on this facet.
For the frontline staff (FLWs), the nationwide common of first-dose protection is 85 per cent however for the second dose, it’s only 47 per cent, the assertion mentioned.
Nineteen states and Union territories, together with Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab, have reported a second-dose protection of frontline staff beneath the nationwide common, it added.
The Union well being secretary reiterated that common protection and full safety amongst this group is essential to guard the healthcare response to the pandemic and a well timed completion of the vaccination schedule is necessary for conferring full safety to the beneficiaries. The states have been requested to sharpen their focus and put together efficient plans for expediting the second dose administration for the healthcare staff and frontline staff, the assertion mentioned.
The states have been additionally requested to dedicate particular time slots or classes for the train, it added.
Mr Bhushan highlighted the lower than ample non-public sector participation within the Covid vaccination drive.
According to the revised tips, 25 per cent of the vaccine inventory might be procured by the non-public hospitals, which might arrange Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) for supplementing the federal government’s efforts in additional universalisation of the vaccination drive.