‘’Start of vaccination does not mean people should stop following the Covid protocols of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. We must take another vow – Dawai Bhi, Kadaai Bhi,’’ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he launched the world’s biggest ever Covid-19 vaccination drive in India on Saturday, January 16. Launching the vaccination program through video conferencing,PM Modi recalled the fatality rate due to Covid-19 is significantly low in India, while the recovery rate is on the higher graph. A total of three thousand six session sites across all States and Union Territories will be virtually connected during the launch. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on an inaugural day. This vaccination programme is based on the principles of priority groups to be vaccinated. Health Care workers, both in government and private sectors including Integrated Child Development Services-ICDS workers will receive the vaccine during this phase. The vaccination programme will use Co-WIN, an online digital platform developed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which will facilitate real time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualized tracking of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform will assist programme managers across all levels while conducting vaccination sessions. A dedicated 24×7 call centre, 1075 has also been established for addressing the queries related to COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine rollout and the Co-WIN ,a dedicated software. In the national capital, Delhi government has received 2 lakh 74 thousand vaccine doses from the Central government, which will cater to around 1.2 lakh healthcare workers in the first phase. A total of 81 sites have been finalized across Delhi, and around 100 people will be vaccinated in a single day at each site. Around 8000 healthcare workers will be vaccinated across Delhi on a single day initially. The vaccine will be administered four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The remaining days have been spared for the routine vaccination process. In Assam, 1,190,000 health workers or COVID Warriors will be vaccinated in the first phase at 65 session sites on the inaugural In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee , also heading the health ministry, is supervising the immunization program virtually from NABANNA, the state secretariat. Multiple booths have been set up at all the five medical colleges and hospitals and at five urban primary health centres under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Doses of Covishield will be administered to health workers from 18 centres in the city. 93 thousand and 500 doses have been allocated for the city whereas 47 thousand doses have been made available for North 24 parganas. Immunization will be done at government and 3 designated private hospitals. Police personnel have been deployed around the vaccination centres and the cold chain points to ensure the safety of the vials. Meanwhile, 623 new COVID cases were registered while 656 persons have been discharged from the hospitals.16 more deaths have been reported
in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state stands at 96.94 percent. In Gujarat, the COVID-19 vaccination drive will start for healthcare workers from 161 centres today along with nationwide vaccination drive. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to interact with some of the beneficiaries at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital through video conferencing from New Delhi. In Madhya Pradesh, more than two lakh 40 thousand patients have recovered from COVID infection while 429 new positive cases were reported yesterday. The corona positive rate is 1.8 percent. The state is all set for the COVID -19 vaccination drive along with the rest of the country.