Kerala ready; Vaccination drive to start from Saturday
Thiruvananthapuram: COVID vaccination drive takes place at 133 centres on Saturday. There will be 12 vaccination centres at Ernakulam and 11 at Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. There will be 9 centres in other districts.
Webcasting facilities have been arranged in all vaccinations centres. Two- way communication system has been arranged at Ernakulam district hospital and Parassala Taluk Hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the health workers at Ernakulam district hospital. Minister KK Shailaja will visit Kannur district hospital. After reviewing the process on Saturday, the vaccination drive will continue from Monday.
Each individual will be injected with 0.5 ml of Covishield vaccine. The second dose of the vaccine will be taken 28 days after the first one. The registered person will be informed via SMS where he/ she will have to take the vaccination from.
The person who took the vaccine should compulsorily remain under observation for 30 minutes. Doctors and ambulance service will be provided at each centre along with Adverse Events Following Immunisation kit (AEFI).
A steering committee headed by the Chief Secretary at the state level, a state task force led by Health Department Principal Secretary, a district task force led by the District Collector, District Control Room, a block-level task force headed by a Medical Officer have been set up ahead of the vaccination drive.
Each centre or site, will consist of a waiting room, vaccination room and an observation room. There will be 5 medical officers at each centre. The identity card of every person will be checked before entering the waiting room for vaccination.
India's drugs regulator has approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.
A senior official had said Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield will be administered at 75 centres while Bharat Biotech-made Covaxin doses will be given at the remaining six facilities in Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)