The ministry recently targeted 300 million Indian residents for the first phase of the large-scale immunization of Covid-19 vaccine.
From vaccinating 100-200 people during each session each day, to monitoring them for 30 minutes on any adverse event, using Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network to track beneficiaries, the central government has published a set of detailed guidelines for the mass vaccination that will start after the vaccines receive approval of urgent use from the drug regulator.
The Ministry of Health recently earmarked thirty crore (300 million) Indian population for the first phase of the large-scale immunization of Covid-19 vaccine. It includes one crore health workers, two crore front workers and 27 crore general population in priority groups set up by the expert group.
According to the guidelines issued on December 12, the latest ballot list for Lok Sabha and legislative assembly election will be used to identify the population aged 50 years or older.
About 100 to 200 people will be vaccinated during each session daily and then will be monitored for 30 minutes according to getting shots for any adverse event. The vaccination team will be five-member.
“If the session has adequate logistics and space available for a waiting room and observatory along with an arrangement for crowd management, one more vaccination officer can be added to create a session for 200 beneficiaries,” the guidelines said.
A digitalized platform for vaccine delivery called Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network or Co-WIN will be used to track recruited beneficiaries for the vaccine in real time.
In addition, 12 photo ID documents, including a voting ID, Aadhaar card, driver’s license, passport and a pension document, will be required to self-register on a digital platform.
Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be vaccinated at the vaccination site according to the priority described by the ministry. The guidelines say there will be no concern about on-site registrations.
In particular states have asked to assign a vaccine from one manufacturer to a district to avoid “mixing various vaccines in the field”.
They were further directed to implement an integrated 360-degree comprehensive advertising communication and social mobilization strategy to address the challenges surrounding the development of vaccines.
“It further says that all measures must be taken to avoid exposing the vaccine carrier, vaccine vials or ice packs to direct sunlight,” the guidelines further said, adding that vaccines and diluents should be kept inside the vaccine carrier with the lid on. closed until a beneficiary comes to the center to be vaccinated.
The guidelines further stated that there may not be vaccine roadside monitors (VVMs) and Expiration Date on the Covid-19 vaccine label, but it should not discourage vaccinators from using the vaccine.
“At the end of the session, the vaccine carrier with all ice creams and unopened vaccine vials should be returned to the distributing cold chain point,” it stated.