KGMOA urges govt to allow 80 pc spot registration for vaccination

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) has forwarded some recommendations to speed up the vaccination drive in the state. They urged the government to carry out 80 percent spot registration for vaccination.

KGMOA pointed out that only those who use mobile phone and computer can book vaccine online. The booking will be completed within 10 minutes, they added.

Only a few people can book vaccine slot in their panchayats. Travelling to other panchayats and distant places for the vaccine will increase the chances of COVID transmission. A huge number of people are yet to be vaccinated. People who need to take a second dose are also unable to book the slot.

Examining the situation across the state, vaccination should be carried out systematically, KGMOA urged in the letter forwarded to the Chief Minister.

Recommendations of KGMOA

Vaccine doses should be supplied in each panchayat, municipality and corporation based on population and basic facilities. 80 percent of vaccine doses should be administrated through spot administration. 20 percent of vaccine should be reserved for online booking. Online registration should be limited to people who need to go abroad and volunteers.

A special strategy should be adopted for selecting the beneficiaries in rural and urban areas. Panchayats and municipalities can select the beneficiaries based on voters’ list or house number. All local bodies and health institutions should initiate preparing a micro plan for vaccination. Priority should be given based on age, illness and social backwardness.

Government should supply vaccine to all major private hospitals and small private hospitals to carry out vaccination by charging a service fee of Rs 100-150. Apart from this, the government should ensure that all these hospitals are following the central/state government’s guidelines.

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