Govt hospitals see increase in Covid vaccination as Kerala health dept relaxes norms

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Alappuzha: With the daily Covid-19 cases witnessing an increase in the state, people have started to flock in front of the hospitals to get the jab.

Meanwhile, the department has relaxed the unofficial norm that at least 14 or seven people should be present in government hospitals for vaccine jabs to open the vials with 20 or ten doses, respectively. As per the new formula, if at least half (ten or five) of them are present in the morning, the process would start. However, this 'offer' is available only in the mornings as the department hopes more people would come in afternoon to take the remaining shots and it will not be wasted.

The vaccine vial, if opened, will last for only four hours. Covaxin and Corbevax has 20 doses in the vial and Covishield has ten. The government has been requesting the companies to restart the production of the five-dose vial. However, it has not been met yet.

ASHA workers and people's representatives were asked to bring in people in the morning itself. If anyone had to return without getting the vaccine due to insufficient number of people present to open the vial, the hospital would note down their phone number. They will be informed when the dose is available.

More people are coming forward to take the jab these days, mostly those who had deferred the booster dose. Children are also coming as the schools have opened.

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