Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Hold daily reviews to ensure maximum vaccination coverage, districts told – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked district authorities to review vaccine administration, session planning and stock situation on a daily basis to ensure maximum coverage of vaccination against Covid-19.

“We have advised district magistrates and district immunisation officers to hold daily review meetings with session site in charge and in charge of cold chain point to get a feedback about overall days progress, session planning and regular reconciliation of vaccine stocks,” additional health secretary Manohar Agnani said.

Besides, district authorities have also been advised to hold regular training and sensitisation of stakeholders about latest instructions and refinement in software.

Some of the initial hiccups faced by session sites in various states were because personnel handling the software at the ground level were not much conversant with the application, leading to delay in uploading of information during the first few days, officials said. A total of 7,86,842 beneficiaries were vaccinated at 14,119 session sites during the first five days since the rollout of the vaccination drive on January 16.

On Wednesday, 1,12,007 beneficiaries received the vaccine, whereas 82 new adverse events following immunisation were reported till evening. To ensure better coverage of beneficiaries per session and full utilisation of resources, the government has also introduced a new feature in Co-WIN software that will allow pre-registered beneficiaries to be added in a session over and above the scheduled ones, health ministry said on Wednesday. Other enhancements on the software application — that forms the backbone for implementation and monitoring of the vaccination drive against Covid-19 — include an option for giving a provisional certificate to the recipient after first dose and final certificate after second dose. Besides, a person’s name can also be searched in the database by mobile number, Agnani said.

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