Centre emphasises must curb proxies forward of COVID-19 vaccination drive; free jab in Bengal, vows Mamata


The Central authorities stated on Saturday that India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from 16 January, and precedence will likely be given to just about three crore well being care and frontline employees

As a part of the preparations for the country-wide rollout the anti- Coronavirus vaccine from 16 January, the Union Health Ministry on Sunday held a digital assembly with states and Union Territories on the CoWIN software program, an internet platform for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine supply.

Ram Sewak Sharma, the chairman of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to fight COVID-19 , chaired the assembly and stated sturdy, reliable and agile expertise shall kind each the inspiration and the back-up for the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Sharma additionally harassed on the warning which wanted to be exercised to make sure that there aren’t any proxies through the vaccination drive and that solely recognized beneficaries are immunised.

The assembly was attended by principal secretaries of states, National Health Mission Directors, state immunisation officers and senior officers of the Union Health Ministry.

The Central Government stated on Saturday that India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from 16 January, and precedence will likely be given to just about three crore well being care and frontline employees.

Meanwhile, officers and ministers of a number of states expressed readiness to hold out the vaccination and detailed the preparations undertaken on Sunday. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee stated the state authorities is making preparations to supply free COVID-19  vaccines to all folks of the state whereas Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain stated the AAP authorities has finalised 89 hospitals as vaccination websites.

Karnataka well being minister Ok Sudhakar stated he’ll volunteer for vaccination within the Centre permits, to instil public confidence within the vaccine.

Health ministry holds assembly on CoWIN

In a gathering to debate suggestions from states and UTs on the CoWIN software program and its operational use gathered from the vaccination dry runs, Sharma, additionally a member of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 , gave an summary of the CoWIN software program and the ideas that shall underpin the expertise backup for the vaccination train.

“The process should be citizen-centric and built on an approach that the vaccine shall be available anytime and anywhere,” Sharma was quoted as saying in a press release.

He harassed on the necessity for flexibility with out compromising on high quality and reiterated that inclusivity, pace and scalability have been stored in thoughts whereas designing the digital platform with all its parts being moveable, synchronous with out extreme and pointless dependencies.

Sharma underscored the significance of capturing the vaccination knowledge in real-time, saying it was “non-negotiable.”

He also highlighted the caution one needs to exercise to ensure there were ‘no proxies’ at all, while reiterating that the beneficiaries of the vaccination drive need to be uniquely and undeniably identified.

It is extremely important to clearly identify a person who is getting vaccinated and keep a digital record on who gets vaccinated by whom, when and which one, Sharma stressed.

About the use of the Aadhaar platform, Sharma advised the states to urge the beneficiaries to seed their current mobile number with Aadhaar for registration and consequent communication through SMS.

Vaccine free, says Mamata Banerjee

In an open letter to frontline workers, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said the COVID warriors, including police, home guards, civil defence volunteers, correctional home and disaster management employees, will be administered the vaccine on a priority basis.

“I am happy to inform that our government is making arrangements for reaching the vaccine to all people of the state free of any charge,” the chief minister said in the letter.

The chief minister’s announcement comes months ahead of the state Assembly elections, which are likely to be held in April-May.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said the state has created a database of 1.2 crore people under four priority groups who will be administered the vaccine as per the Centre’s guidelines. Nearly 11 lakh people engaged in COVID-19 duties, including health care and frontline personnel, will be vaccinated on priority, Rupani said, adding, that 16,000 personnel have been trained for administering the shots.

Rupani said six regional depots as well as other infrastructure for the storage and supply of vaccines, including cold chains, have been established.

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain asserted said 40 government hospitals and 49 private ones in the National Capital will have a vaccination site each. There will be one COVID-19 vaccination centre each in every hospital. Around 10 health care staff will be deployed at each centre, he said.

The first batch of vaccines will arrive by Tuesday or Wednesday and health care workers will be vaccinated in the first phase, Jain informed. “Thereafter, frontline workers and those aged above 50 will be given the doses,” Jain told reporters, adding that teachers will be included as frontline workers.

“We are fully prepared to roll out the vaccination programme. We will administer the vaccine as soon as the doses arrive,” he said. The minister said the Delhi government has already requested the Centre to provide vaccines free of cost.

While inaugurating a Mukhyamantri Arogya Mela at Sankisa in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said: “The vaccination drive will start from 16 January and we aim to cover each and every person under it. It will also be ensured that all guidelines of the Union government are followed during vaccination.”

The chief minister additionally reviewed preparations for the drive, the Uttar Pradesh authorities stated in a press release.

Andhra Pradesh well being commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar stated the state equipment has efficiently accomplished three dry runs of the vaccination programme thus far and all the pieces required for the precise drive has been put in place for a clean run.

A complete of 1,940 websites will likely be used for the vaccination programme, of which 1,659 have chilly chain factors inside premises. For the remainder of the websites, the vaccine will likely be introduced from the closest chilly chain level, Bhaskar stated in a launch.

A State Vaccine Store was arrange at Gannavaram close to Vijayawada whereas 4 regional shops have been opened in Kurnool, Kadapa, Guntur and Visakhapatnam other than 13 district vaccine shops.

He stated 100 well being employees can be vaccinated at every session web site per day. In the primary spherical solely healthcare services can be used as session websites and personal services with extra than100 well being employees would even be used.

According to the well being commissioner, the state requires a minimum of 10 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to 5 crore folks over a interval of eight months. Bhaskar stated a complete of 1,31,75,000 vials can be required until September 2021. Each vial has 10 doses of the scale of the Measles and Rubella vaccines and 25 % wastage was anticipated, he stated.

“Except in May, the vaccination programme is scheduled to be taken up from January to September 2021 and arrangements have accordingly been made,” the health commissioner said.

Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma said the state is prepared for the vaccination programme and around 4.5 lakh health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase.

Sharma said the data of 4,36,146 government and private sector health workers had been uploaded on COWIN software till 1 pm on Saturday.

He said the first phase of vaccination will be conducted at 282 sessions sites from 16 January and two of the sites including Jaipur and Ajmer will be interactive.

“Rajasthan is all prepared for the vaccination programme… 3,689 medical institutions in the government sector and 2,969 medical institutions in the private sector have been identified for the vaccination programme in the first phase and 5,626 vaccination parties have been trained,” he stated at a press convention.

He stated the federal government has arrange three state-level, seven divisional-level, 34 (medical) district-level vaccine shops, and a couple of,444 chilly chain factors are useful at neighborhood and first well being centres.

Sharma stated 18,654 vaccinators have been educated thus far. Orientation of 1,66,188 folks in 10 classes together with public representatives has been performed thus far, he added.

Karnataka well being minister Ok Sudhakar stated the state has two main vaccine storage homes — one in Bengaluru and one other in Belagavi and so they have a storage capability of 45 lakh doses of vaccines.

Besides, there are 5 regional and district degree storage services, the minister stated including the state has additionally roped in 900 logistic autos to move vaccines to varied elements of the state. The minister famous that the state would get about 13.9 lakh doses of vaccine within the first section.

“The first batch to take the Covaxin will be the healthcare workers, but if the Government of India allows us to take, I will be the first to get it as a health minister,” Sudhakar instructed reporters through the inspection of the state vaccine retailer in Bengaluru

Stressing that volunteering for the vaccine was essential to instil confidence among the many folks, he stated, “See, we have to imbibe, infuse confidence in the public. So, why not (I take it)?”.

The minister said the prime minister will likely be holding a gathering with all chief ministers on Monday to overview the preparedness for vaccination drive.

He added that on Sunday 289 passengers arrived in Bengaluru from the UK and 4 amongst them have been discovered optimistic for coronavirus .

“Infected persons will be traced and admitted to hospital,” he stated, including {that a} system for efficient administration of knowledge of passengers arriving at airports has been put in place.

On Saturday, Sudhakar had stated that the primary flight from the United Kingdom to Bengaluru would come at round 4 am on Sunday.  India had suspended all passenger flights between the UK and India from 23 December to 7 January as a brand new variant of coronavirus emerged there.

India’s coronavirus circumstances attain 1,04,50,284 

On Sunday, India’s Coronavirus caseload rose to 1,04,50,284 with 18,645 infections being reported in a day, whereas the recoveries surged to 1,00,75,950, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 restoration price to 96.42 %, as per the well being ministry’s morning replace.

The toll reached 1,50,999 with 201 extra succumbing to the illness in a span of 24 hours, the information up to date at 8 am confirmed. The case fatality price dropped to 1.44 %. “Less than 300 new COVID-19 deaths are being recorded within the nation for the final 16 days,” the ministry stated.

“India has one of the lowest deaths per million population (109). Countries like Russia, Germany, Brazil, France, the USA, the UK and Italy have much higher deaths per million population,” it stated.

The COVID-19 lively caseload remained beneath three lakh for the twentieth consecutive day. There are 2,23,335 lively coronavirus infections within the nation which comprise 2.14 % of the whole caseload, the information confirmed. Recovery of 19,299 sufferers in 24 hours has led a decline of 855 circumstances from the whole COVID-19 lively caseload.

Maharashtra recorded the utmost optimistic change with an addition of 1,123 circumstances, whereas Rajasthan exhibits most damaging change with a discount of 672 circumstances.

Ten states and UTs contributed 79.12 % of the brand new recoveries. Kerala noticed 5,424 folks recovering from COVID-19 in a day, adopted by 2,401 in Maharashtra and 1,167 in Uttar Pradesh.

Also, 10 states and UTs have contributed 82.25 % of the 18,645 new circumstances recorded in a day throughout India. Kerala reported 5,528 new circumstances within the final 24 hours, adopted by Maharashtra 3,581 and Chhattisgarh reported 1,014.

The ministry stated that 73.63 % of the 201 fatalities reported in a span of 24 hours have been from seven states and UTs. Maharashtra reported the utmost 57 deaths, adopted by 22 in Kerala and 20 in West Bengal.

According to the ICMR, 18,10,96,622 samples have been examined thus far with 8,43,307 samples being examined on Saturday.

Education ministry suggestions for out of college youngsters

The Education Ministry has requested the states to conduct a door-to-door survey to establish out-of-school youngsters within the 6 to 18 years age group and put together an motion plan for his or her enrolment as a part of efforts to mitigate the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on migrants, reported information company PTI quoting officers.

The ministry has additionally really helpful stress-free detention norms to stop drop-outs this 12 months in addition to a slew of measures to handle studying loss as a result of coronavirus -induced shutdown of colleges, together with figuring out college students throughout completely different grades primarily based on their studying ranges.

The transfer is especially aimed toward identification, admission and continued schooling of migrant youngsters who’ve been affected through the pandemic, they stated.

“In order to mitigate the affect of challenges thrown by the COVID-19 pandemic for out of school children, it was felt necessary for every state and UT to devise a proper strategy for preventing increased dropouts, lower enrolments, loss of learning and deterioration in the gains made in providing universal access, quality and equity in the recent years,” a senior ministry official stated.

The ministry has additionally issued tips for providing assist to college students through the closure of colleges and once they reopen.  Exploring the choice of classroom-on-wheels and lessons in small teams on the village degree, rising the entry of kids to on-line and digital sources, use of TV and radio to scale back studying losses and guaranteeing simple and well timed entry to the provisions of uniforms, textbooks and mid-day meals are among the many suggestions made by the ministry for scholar assist through the closure of colleges.

Similarly, the rules for scholar assist when colleges reopen after extended closure embody preparation and working of college readiness modules and bridge course for the preliminary interval in order that they’ll alter to the college atmosphere and don’t really feel harassed or left-out. The ministry has additionally recommended encouraging youngsters to learn books past the syllabus and bask in artistic writing and drawback fixing for guaranteeing studying with comprehension and numeracy abilities.

Large-scale remedial programmes and studying enhancement programmes needs to be held to mitigate studying loss and inequality, it really helpful.

No damaging check report for entry Puri Jagannath temple from 21 Jan

Meanwhile, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) announced that the devotees is not going to be required to provide COVID-19 damaging report for getting entry into the twelfth century shrine in Puri from 21 January.

The determination on this regard was taken at a gathering attended by SJTA chief Krishan Kumar, Puri district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma and SP KB Singh. At current devotees getting into the temple have to point out COVID-19 damaging report.

Kumar stated the choice will stay in drive until 21 February and officers added that the temple administration committee will
overview the state of affairs and take future plan of action after that.

But, all the opposite COVID-19 protocols like carrying of masks, social distancing will proceed to be necessary within the temple, officers stated.

The selections to loosen up the restrictions (no COVID-19 report) will facilitate extra devotees to get a darshan of the deities, officers stated.

The Puri Collector Samarth Verma stated that particular preparations and queue system will quickly be launched for aged/senior residents coming to the Temple. The SJTA and district administration is making preparations to permit 30,000 devotees to go to the temple each day from 23 January adhering to COVID-19 protocol, officers stated. Verma stated the temple will stay closed on Sundays to
perform sanitisation and disinfection measures.

The temple was opened in a phased method from 23 December, 2020. While the servitors and their members of the family have been allowed to enter the temple from 23 December to 25 December night, the native residents of Puri received alternative to have darshan of the deities between 26 and 31 December .

The temple was lastly opened to the general public for darshan of the sibling deities – Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath- from 3 January, 2021 adhering to COVID-19 tips.

With inputs from PTI



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