1213 centers assigned the task to deliver the COVID vaccine in Telangana, from 16th January.
Telangana chief minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed officials on 11th January, Monday, to make all preparations for the Covid vaccination. He added that arrangements should also be made to treat people who may develop side effects after the jab. He personally reviewed the arrangements for the vaccination program during a meeting with the ministers and district collectors. Eventually, KCR participated in a video conference with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Protocol to be followed:-
A doctor and a room are scheduled to be made available at each vaccination center for those who may suffer side effects after the vaccination. Fortunately, an ambulance will also be kept on standby. A call center will also be put in place, across Telangana. KCR asked officials to strictly follow Covid protocols while administering the vaccine. He quipped, “The Indian Government has identified Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin as the effective vaccines.
We have taken a decision to administer these vaccines in Telangana. In the beginning; ASHA workers, Anganwadi staff, medical and health employees will be given the vaccine. Following this, the police, security personnel, sanitary workers, and other frontline workers will be covered. Lastly, the vaccine will be administered to those above 50 years and people with co-morbidities,”.
The tasks have been assigned accordingly; Gram Sarpanches and Panchayat Secretaries should take the entire responsibility to get the people on a priority basis to the vaccination centers. And, the Police Station House Officers and Sub Inspectors should take the responsibility of procuring the vaccine for the police and other security personnel. Our government has already made the necessary arrangements to give vaccines in all the primary health centers. In total, 866 cold chain points have been curated to transport the vaccine, and the enthusiastic volunteers are ready at all the stages. A committee, which is going to be headed by the Chief Secretary will monitor the vaccination program.
Vaccine arrival in the state:-
About ten months after COVID-19 cases started to break out in Telangana, the Covishield vaccine vials have arrived in Hyderabad on Tuesday (January 12th). A deep freezer van replete with 3.64 lakh vials, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), has reached State Vaccine Centre located in Hyderabad.
Cartons filled with the vials were carried into the vaccine center amidst tight police security. The assurance came from the State’s Director of Public Health, Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao who said that Covaxin vials by Bharat Biotech too are expected on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
The Covishield vials are expected to be transported from the State Vaccine Centre to Regional Vaccine Centres in all the districts, and from there to vaccine sites.
The COVID vaccination program will be rolled out from Saturday, January 16th. On a priority basis, around 13,900 healthcare workers will be inoculated at 139 vaccine sites, on the first day. Also, vaccines from the two companies will be given. The first and second dose is of the same company.