K. K. Shailaja | Photo: B. Muralikrishnan Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The centre has informed that 4,06,500 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, to be administered to people above the age of 60, will reach Kerala on Friday, said Health Minister K. K. Shailaja.
“As many as 1,38,000 doses of vaccines will reach Thiruvananthapuram, 1,59,000 doses of vaccines will reach Ernakulam while 1,09,000 doses of vaccines will reach Kozhikode. Kerala will start the registration as soon as the centre provides the guidelines. All arrangements have been initiated,” the minister clarified.
Vaccination centres for senior citizens will be arranged in areas near their locations. Arrangements are being made in 300 private hospitals, she added.
A high level meeting was arranged to evaluate the vaccination process. The meeting evaluated the arrangements taken so far. The Health Minister directed to speed up vaccination of Covid-19 warriors and election officials. The registration of Covid-19 warriors and election officials have been completed. The registration of senior citizens will be initiated once the centre issues guidelines.
Health workers, who have been unable to take the vaccine after registration must administer the vaccine before February 27. Covid-19 warriors and election officials must take the first dose of the vaccine before March 1.
So far, 3,38,534 health workers have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine till the other day. Among them, 71,047 health workers have been administered both doses of the vaccine. Moreover, 79,115 Covid-19 warriors and 13,113 election officials have been administered the first dose of the vaccine.
The number of vaccination centres have been increased to speed up the process. As on Thursday, 611 vaccination centres are functioning in Kerala.