Uncertainty looms over distribution of Covid vaccine


At the ward level, the second dose should be given to those over 60 years of age, second dose to all inpatients above 18 years of age, first dose and second dose to all patients between 18 and 60 years of age, those in the priority group of over 18 years of age and those of 18 to 44 years of age in descending order.

Thiruvananthapuram: The uncertainty looms over the revised guidelines for the distribution of Covid vaccine. However, the Department of Health has stated that there will be no change in the recommendation to select the slot and take the jab at the distribution centres in the local bodies after registration at the CoWIN Portal.

This plan would prevent those living in distant places for work from receiving the vaccine from government centres. Health Minister Veena George said the guidelines have been revised to ensure vaccination of all people in the ward.

Those who book slots via online for the jab are advised to choose their local distribution centre. A priority list will be made for easy and ensured availability of jab for all.

A list will be prepared at the ward level including the second dose should be given to those over 60 years of age, second dose to all bedridden patients above 18 years of age, first dose and second dose to all patients between 18 and 60 years of age, those in the priority group of over 18 years of age and those of 18 to 44 years of age in descending order.

The Medical Services Corporation was tasked with procuring the vaccine for small private hospitals. The first instalment of Rs 126 crore has been sanctioned for purchasing 20 lakh doses of Covishield.

The expense for this will be found from the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF). The decision has been taken to pay the hospitals the same rate (Rs 630 per dose) provided by the companies. Hospitals will also charge a service charge of Rs 150.

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