NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday said it will allow vaccination at private and public workplaces with about 100 eligible beneficiaries starting April 11.
In a letter to states, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the decision is being taken to increase access to vaccines since a significant proportion of people aged 45 years and above is in the organized sector and involved in formal occupation or manufacturing and services.
The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to make adequate preparations and issued guidelines in this regard.
Here’s all you need to know about it:
-Only employees aged 45 years or more will be eligible for vaccination at work place.
-No outsiders including eligible family members will be allowed for vaccination.
-One of the senior staff of the organisation will be assigned to work as nodal officer to coordinate with district health authorities/ private Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) and support vaccination activities.
-The beneficiaries will be required to register in Co-WIN portal prior to vaccination.
-CVC nodal officer will ensure registration of all targeted beneficiaries and facility of on-the-spot registration will also be available.
-Vaccination sessions will be planned at workplace CVC once at least 50 beneficiaries get registered for vaccination.
-The schedule of vaccination sessions can be made up to 15 days in advance.
-The District Task Force chaired by district magistrate and Urban Task Force chaired by municipal commissioner will identify such government and private workplaces.
-Every CVC in a government workplace will be tagged to an existing and nearest CVC in the government medical facility while every CVC in a private workplace will be tagged to an existing and nearest CVC in the private medical facility.
-The designated government and private CVC to whom the workplace CVC has been tagged will be responsible for deployment of the vaccination team at workplace CVCs.
-The healthcare workers of this health infrastructure of the workplace CVCs (such as doctors, nurses and other staff) may be deployed for the Covid-19 vaccination activities at workplaces as vaccination team members, it said.
-The workplace CVCs staff engaged in Covid-19 vaccination activities will follow the same SOPs for vaccination and reporting including management and reporting of adverse events following immunisation.
(With agency inputs)

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