Vaccination target fixed for hospitals in Kerala to avoid crowds

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even on the fourth day, there was no respite from the complaints raised by senior citizens over the vaccine registration process. The beneficiaries, mainly senior citizens, are facing an inordinate delay at vaccine centres and have to stand in long queues. To ease their difficulties, government has come out with a new advisory for vaccination.

To reduce crowding, vaccine centres will implement token system for spot registration and further split the spot registration to 50% before noon and 50% later. Abeneficiary, who has taken an online appointment, will not be asked to take further token at the hospital.

Each hospital has been given a target for a session. District hospital will have a minimum target of 300 vaccinations/day, while it is 200 in taluk hospitals and100 at community and primary health centres. All districts should ensure that private facilities are also creating sessions well in advance and vaccines may be given to them once they are on board.

“Vaccine eagerness resulted in overcrowding in many Covid vaccination centres. This can be counterproductive and also hamper Covid control measures taken by the state. People are unaware of the sessions that are being conducted on a particular day in their district. Online slots are not available for booking in most districts,” said state mission director of National Health Mission Ratan Kelkar, who is also the nodal officer for Covid vaccination.

Hence it has been decided to increase the number of vaccination centres in a phased manner keeping in mind the need for new sites as the number of vaccinations/day will be doubled from March 29 with the addition of persons due for the second dose. It has been directed to plan the sessions well in advance and create sessions for the next 75 days in CoWiN.

Districts must also ensure that details regarding sessions are disseminated among the public through print and social media on a daily basis, said the new advisory.

Till date, 30,061 people aged over 60 years were vaccinated in state. Centre has informed the state that 21 lakh vaccines will be sent to the state by March 9.

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