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J&K starts advance planning for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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DCs asked to prepare district-wise micro-plans for vaccination sites, cold chain storage, and logistics requirements by Dec 7

Jammu: Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam Friday chaired a marathon meeting with Deputy Commissioners of all the districts along with their CMOs to kick off preparatory planning for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination for hassle-free and time-bound delivery of the vaccine across the Union Territory.

Administrative Secretaries of departments of Health & Medical Education, Housing & Urban Development, Information, Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir, Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM) and Deputy Commissioners of all the districts along with concerned Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) were present at the meeting.

According to an official press release, the meeting was informed that COVID-19 vaccines are currently in the third phase of clinical trials and will be available for usage soon. It was also conveyed that to effectively deliver the vaccines at the grass-root level, all districts must undertake detailed micro-planning with regard to vaccination sites, cold chain storage points, and logistics requirements.

MD, NHM informed that currently, the database of prioritized groups of beneficiaries is being compiled with regard to healthcare workers both in government and private establishments, and frontline workers including armed forces, home guards, police, volunteers, municipal workers; who will be administered the vaccine in its initial stages.

The next group that could be taken up for vaccination would comprise persons above the age of 50 years, and persons with co-morbidities followed by the remaining population.

For this, a detailed survey would be needed for which the data from Swastha Nidhi survey is being retrieved which will then be augmented with the required additional data, the press release informed.

Further, it was informed that to carry out a dedicated COVID-19 vaccination drive, around 4,500 vaccinators are being identified across the UT with a capacity of administering 100 vaccines per site per day- cumulating to a capacity to deliver 4.5 lakh vaccines a day.

Regarding the human resource requirement at each vaccination site, the Chief Secretary asked the Health department and district administrations to depute two trained vaccinators, one data operator, one record keeper, and three volunteers per site to ensure a well-coordinated and accessible vaccination drive.

Chief Secretary also directed the DCs to ensure submission of micro plans for vaccination sites, cold chain storage points, and logistics requirements by 7th December, 2020. He said that the information regarding the number of vaccination sites, beneficiaries per site/vaccines required, the requirement of ancillary equipment such as vaccination boxes, syringes, ice packs, hub cutters, bio-waste disposable bags must be worked out well in advance and be readily available with the Health department.

Chief Secretary also impressed upon the concerned that special efforts should be undertaken to ensure maintenance of the cold chain throughout the distribution channels.

DCs were asked to calculate the requirement of Ice Lined Refrigerators (ILRs), deep freezers, large and small cold carrier boxes, and ice packs based on the number of storage points and vaccination sites identified for the purpose.

“The efficiency of the vaccination drive will depend upon the accuracy of the micro-planning at district and block levels,” the Chief Secretary said.

The H&ME department was asked to ensure that the existing arrangements for COVID-19 testing and routine immunization drives for children and pregnant women are not adversely affected by the COVID-19 related vaccination drive. The department was advised to engage additional vaccinators among MBBS/BDS doctors/interns, staff nurses, auxiliary nursing midwives, pharmacists, and retired persons, besides training potential vaccinators.

Chief Secretary called for greater coordination between the frontline workers of various departments including health, social welfare, school education, rural development, and housing and urban development for conducting a successful vaccination drive.

Chief Secretary also emphasized the need for evolving a multi-sectoral response to the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine by involving NGOs, NCC, and other volunteers, besides maintaining open and transparent communication through a proactive IEC strategy to curb misinformation and rumors.

Phase I to cover all health workers: Director FWMCH&I

The modalities for COVID– 19 vaccination programme were today discussed here at a divisional-level meeting chaired by Director Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization J&K, Dr. Renu Sharma.

The meeting was attended by Chief Medical Officers, Deputy Chief Medical Officers, District Immunization Officers and District Mass Education & Information Officers.

Dr. Ravinder Pal, Surveillance Medical Officer, NPSP, WHO presented a power point presentation on the COVID vaccination, an official press release informed.

It said the Director Family Welfare directed the Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers to submit the micro-plan covering all the health workers for COVID-19 vaccination in the 24 hours.

The formats prepared by National Health Mission, J&K were discussed in detail and queries were taken from the attending officers.

The Director Family Welfare exhorted the officers to make all the necessary arrangements and workout the requirements with respect to manpower and logistics for vaccination of 87,000 health-care workers (from public & private sectors) across the UT of J&K in the Ist phase.

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