The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare yesterday announced on the government’s proposal for cold storage chains for the Covid-19 vaccine, as the Indian government prepares for a mega Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the coming months.
Secretary Rajesh Bhushan of the Ministry of Health said that for the Covid-19 vaccine storage, 29000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41000 deep freezers, and 300 solar refrigerators will be used. “All necessary resources of vaccination are done delievering to the states,” he said.
To be sure, the meetings of the State Steering Committees and State Task Force have ended with 36 States and Union Territories. 633 districts have completed their Regional Task Force meetings.
In addition, training modules have also been finalized for medical officers, cold chain handlers, vaccinator officers, alternative vaccinator officers, ASHA coordinators, supervisors, data managers, etc. Physical training has begun, as well as training on virtual/online platforms. Completed National and State Preparation of Trainers (ToTs) workshops.
Bhushan while speaking to a press briefing, added, “Adverse events following immunization is a critical issue. When we undertake a universal immunization program, which has been done for decades, then some adverse effects are seen in children and pregnant women after vaccination.”
Bhushan additionally added, “We can’t deny chances of an adverse event when COVID-19 vaccination begins. In the countries where immunization has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events took place on the very first day. So, it is essential that states and UTs prepare for this too.”
The development comes just days after the Centre in the coming months launched its vast Covid-19 vaccination campaign stating that everyone will get the vaccine.
How Covid-19 Would Be Distributed In Initial Phase?
On Sunday, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that only 100 people will receive the Covid-19 vaccine initially. But, ultimately everyone will receive the injection.
He said, “We are going to start the process of sending necessary equipment for storage and handling of coronavirus vaccine to states. For now, only 100 people will receive the vaccine at a booth per day. Eventually, everyone will get the vaccine.”
One of the guidelines released by the Centre for the COVID-19 inoculation drive is to vaccinate 100-200 people for every session every day, track them for 30 minutes after administering the shots for any adverse event, and allow only one recipient at a time.
The COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) framework, a digital platform will monitor enrolled beneficiaries of vaccines and anti-coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis. This is according to the guidance recently released to states.