Centres Asks States To Prepare Plans For Expediting Second-Dose Coverage Among Healthcare Workers | News

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The centre has asked to review the status of vaccination for healthcare workers. (Representational)

Highlights
  • The CoWIN platform is now available in 12 languages: Centre
  • Universal coverage amongst the priority group is important: Centre
  • India started its COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16

New Delhi: Terming the low COVID vaccination coverage among the healthcare and frontline workers, especially for the second dose, a cause of “serious concern”, the Centre advised the states and Union territories on Thursday (June 10) to sharpen their focus and prepare effective plans for expediting the second dose coverage among these priority groups. At a high-level meeting chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with the states to review the progress of vaccination, it was highlighted that while the national average for the first dose administration among the healthcare workers (HCWs) is 82 per cent, for the second dose, it is only 56 per cent, a statement issued by the health ministry said.

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Further, the coverage in 18 states and Union territories, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Assam, is below the national average in this aspect. For the frontline workers (FLWs), the national average of first-dose coverage is 85 per cent but for the second dose, it is only 47 per cent, the statement said. Nineteen states and Union territories, including Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab, have reported a second-dose coverage of FLWs below the national average, it added.

The Union health secretary reiterated that universal coverage and full protection amongst this group is crucial to protect the healthcare response to the pandemic and a timely completion of the vaccination schedule is important for conferring full protection to the beneficiaries.

The states were asked to sharpen their focus and prepare effective plans for expediting the second dose administration for the HCWs and FLWs, the statement said. The states were also asked to dedicate special time slots or sessions for the exercise, it added. Bhushan highlighted the less than adequate private sector participation in the COVID vaccination drive.

According to the revised guidelines, 25 per cent of the vaccine stock can be procured by the private hospitals, which can set up COVID vaccination centres (CVCs) for supplementing the government’s efforts in further universalisation of the vaccination drive. The limited presence of private hospitals and their unequal spread were highlighted for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam etc., the statement said. The states were alerted to the new features on the Co-WIN portal, which were incorporated in light of the new vaccination guidelines.

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They were informed that rectifications can be done in the personal information (name, year of birth, gender and photo ID number of the card used) by the citizens, requesting changes only in any of the two fields of the four mentioned. These changes are allowed only once. Once updated, the old certificate will be deleted and it will not be possible to reverse the changes.

Change in vaccine type, date of vaccination, vaccination events not recorded on Co-WIN can be made with the help of the district immunisation officers (DIOs). These changes cannot be done by the users themselves, but they will have to request the DIOs, the statement said. A feature to tag the existing CVCs as urban and rural is also being provided. The states were informed of the vaccine utilisation feature.

The DIOs are allowed to edit or update the vaccine utilisation reports (VURs) submitted by the vaccinators and make corrections, if needed. The states were asked to thoroughly train the vaccinators and DIOs to prevent data-entry errors. They were informed that the CoWIN platform is now available in 12 languages. The platform is equipped to register the UDID unique disability ID card as well. It was also pointed out that accounts now can be blocked for 24 hours if more than 1,000 searches are done in 50 log-in sessions of 15 minutes each. The states can offer walk-in registrations for the 45-plus age group if the on-site capacity is greater than zero, the statement said. Walk-in sessions for the 18-44 age group can also be organised if the “onsite-dose 2” capacity is greater than zero. The states were advised to widely publicise about this at the CVCs, the statement said.

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World

17,44,20,441Cases

5,79,20,014Active

11,27,38,692Recovered

37,61,735Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,44,20,441 and 37,61,735 have died; 5,79,20,014 are active cases and 11,27,38,692 have recovered as on June 10, 2021 at 3:53 am.

India

2,91,83,121 94,052Cases

11,67,95263,463Active

2,76,55,493 1,51,367Recovered

3,59,676 6,148Deaths

In India, there are 2,91,83,121 confirmed cases including 3,59,676 deaths. The number of active cases is 11,67,952 and 2,76,55,493 have recovered as on June 10, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

58,63,880 10,989

1,64,743 6,051

55,97,304 16,379

1,01,833 661

Karnataka

27,28,248 10,959

2,15,546 9,479

24,80,411 20,246

32,291 192

Kerala

26,74,166 16,204

1,39,481 4,189

25,24,248 20,237

10,437 156

Tamil Nadu

22,92,025 17,321

2,04,258 14,337

20,59,597 31,253

28,170 405

Andhra Pradesh

17,79,773 8,766

1,03,995 3,593

16,64,082 12,292

11,696 67

Uttar Pradesh

17,00,476 689

12,959 1,108

16,66,001 1,706

21,516 91

West Bengal

14,42,830 5,384

14,702 5,223

14,11,573 10,512

16,555 95

Delhi

14,30,128 337

4,511 451

14,00,913 752

24,704 36

Chhattisgarh

9,83,916 954

18,113 1,358

9,52,532 2,298

13,271 14

Rajasthan

9,48,024 520

11,832 1,792

9,27,443 2,282

8,749 30

Odisha

8,31,129 6,019

63,333 2,056

7,64,673 8,032

3,123 43

Gujarat

8,18,351 644

13,683 1,041

7,94,703 1,675

9,965 10

Madhya Pradesh

7,86,755 453

7,071 912

7,71,243 1,329

8,441 36

Haryana

7,64,094 528

7,079 452

7,48,186 940

8,829 40

Bihar

7,15,179 589

4,516 3,382

7,01,234

9,429 3,971

Telangana

5,96,813 1,813

24,301 5

5,69,086 1,801

3,426 17

Punjab

5,83,474 1,393

17,344 1,202

5,50,837 2,521

15,293 74

Assam

4,46,445 3,751

49,846 659

3,92,806 4,355

3,793 55

Jharkhand

3,42,481 302

4,783 316

3,32,622 615

5,076 3

Uttarakhand

3,35,478 513

9,258 2,627

3,19,371 3,088

6,849 52

Jammu And Kashmir

3,03,749 1,098

19,852 1,965

2,79,779 3,046

4,118 17

Himachal Pradesh

1,96,905 554

6,682 301

1,86,880 840

3,343 15

Goa

1,60,740 456

5,790 109

1,52,073 547

2,877 18

Puducherry

1,10,748 642

6,853 294

1,02,247 932

1,648 4

Chandigarh

60,862 84

649 36

59,432 118

781 2

Tripura

57,452 658

6,058 281

50,803 363

591 14

Manipur

57,351 775

9,307 166

47,129 602

915 7

Meghalaya

39,983 448

4,849 75

34,440 507

694 16

Arunachal Pradesh

30,247 247

3,271 34

26,848 279

128 2

Nagaland

23,237 186

3,893 783

18,909 966

435 3

Ladakh

19,385 55

925 16

18,265 71

195

Sikkim

17,656 231

3,869 149

13,511 379

276 1

Mizoram

14,534 338

3,585 215

10,891 122

58 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,437 10

137 24

10,296 34

4

Lakshadweep

9,002 128

787 103

8,173 231

42

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,168 14

91 3

6,952 17

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