Over 7.44 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered till now

The Centre on Saturday said that healthcare and other frontline workers can no longer register themselves on the government portal for getting coronavirus vaccines, PTI reported.

In a letter addressed to the Principal Secretary (Health), of Delhi government, the union health ministry pointed out that there have been serious lapses in registration of beneficiaries by the VIMHANS (Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Neuro and Allied Sciences) located at Nehru Nagar area in the North East District of Delhi, operating as a Private Covid Vaccination Centre.

Bhushan said that the matter was discussed with state representatives and domain knowledge experts in a meeting of National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19, where it was decided that no fresh registrations in categories of HCWs and FLWs will be allowed with immediate effect. He added that there has been an increase of 24 per cent in the database for HCWs in the past few days.

It may be recalled that the countrywide vaccination drive was launched on January 16 and the vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. "Around one month has elapsed since these timelines and even after starting vaccination of population above 60 years of age, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FL Ws with a view to ensure optimal coverage", the letter stated.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

Subsequently, from April 1, 2021, all persons aged 45 years and above are eligible for Covid vaccination.

These include 89,53,552 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 53,06,671 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 96,19,289 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 40,18,526 FLWs who have taken the second dose. At the same time, he directed officials to ensure that workers who registered for the shots on time are vaccinated at the earliest.

Panigrahi informed that 33,04,732 people had received the jab in Odisha and the target is to vaccinate 1.16 crore.

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