Each web site can have a mean of round 100 recipients on the primary day although the quantity could fluctuate throughout states relying on the enrolment of healthcare staff and time taken to manage photographs, official sources mentioned.
“We will start with 3,000 sites and go up to 5,000 sites over the next two weeks. Our aim is to further increase this number to 12,000 or even more by March as the programme stabilises and supplies improve. This is a dynamic process and at this stage our focus is to ensure that everything remains smooth so that people gain confidence,” the official mentioned.
In order to keep away from any confusion, just one model of vaccine — both Covishield or Covaxin — might be made accessible at a selected web site. Depending on the provision and logistics, the state authorities will resolve which vaccine goes to which web site.
“This will ensure that beneficiaries are inoculated with the same brand when they come back for the second dose and this is crucial. Besides, it will also help avoid any situation of conflict by not giving options to choose from the two approved brands,” the official mentioned. Information regarding vaccination might be recorded on Co-WIN — the IT platform getting used for implementation and monitoring of the immunisation train.
Each vaccination web site might be manned by a staff of round 5 members, together with one vaccinator. “We have asked the state government and district and block-level administrators to ensure that all the SOPs are very scrupulously followed and implemented,” a well being ministry official mentioned.
The drug regulator has granted emergency-use approval to Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covishield — being regionally manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) — and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin primarily based on security and immunogenicity information. The authorities has mentioned each the vaccines have been examined on 1000’s of sufferers and are protected.
Bharat Biotech, which had initially signed an settlement to produce 55 lakh doses of Covaxin for the programme, mentioned on Wednesday that it has shipped the photographs to 11 cities — Gannavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai and Lucknow.
SII will provide round 110 lakh doses of Covishield as of now and the consignee listing consists of round 60 places throughout the nation. The well being ministry mentioned the availability orders might be positioned in a staggered method to make sure clean provide.
The authorities is anticipating to manage a minimum of the primary dose of the vaccine to all healthcare staff, estimated at one crore, over the following two months and begin with frontline staff too. “We should be able to complete three crore healthcare and frontline workers over next three months,” the official mentioned.
The authorities has indicated that the vaccination programme could proceed for as much as a 12 months or much more.