Center in the States – The New Indian Express
Express press service
NEW DELHI: The Center on Tuesday asked states to keep a fixed window on CoWIN to publish the Covid vaccination schedule every day so that it is easier for people to see availability and make appointments more easily .
The investigation comes amid complaints that there is no consistency in the posting of available slots at vaccination centers, meaning people have to spend a lot of time researching available slots each day. .
In a meeting on the progress of the Covid vaccination campaign in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also said private hospitals should not allow offline vaccine registration and that all records should be online and follow SOPs shared by the Center.
Private hospitals have also been advised to publish immunization schedules that are long enough in terms of days rather than one-day schedules to ensure that there is no overcrowding in immunization centers and that the The process of making an appointment on CoWIN is also hassle-free.
It was also specified that industrial organizations and legal persons which do not have a hospital are required to associate with a private hospital.
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While states have been repeatedly urged to keep vaccine wastage below 1%, in many states such as Jharkhand (37.3%), Chhattisgarh (30.2%), Tamil Nadu ( 15.5%), Jammu and Kashmir (10.8%), Madhya Pradesh (10.7%)%), wastage is above acceptable limits, the Union Health Ministry said .
Bhushan also called on states to make full use of the flexibilities available on CoWIN to speed up the pace of the vaccination campaign.
States, for example, have been asked to plan for the extension of immunization coverage with stocks available and supplies planned until the end of June, with the assurance of visibility of the planned supplies of each tranche with a date of delivery scheduled until June 15 for central contingent supply and until June 30 for state contingent supply.
It was also suggested that states form a dedicated team of 2-3 members to ensure regular coordination with vaccine manufacturers for timely vaccine supply through public and private hospital quotas.
States were also urged to prepare and rapidly implement a decentralized communication strategy to address vaccine reluctance in rural, tribal or hard-to-reach areas.
“Breastfeeding women among health workers and frontline workers who have not been vaccinated should be given priority for vaccination,” the Center said.