New Delhi: The Union authorities on Saturday directed eight northeastern states together with Uttarakhand, Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to extend concentrate on second dose vaccination among the many 60-plus inhabitants.
In keeping with the Union Well being Ministry’s launch, this got here because the Centre deemed the vaccine protection in a few of these states “unsatisfactory”.
Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a evaluation assembly with representatives from Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand and the northeastern states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
The Well being Secretary identified that the inoculation of each doses among the many 60-plus inhabitants in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya is “unsatisfactory”.
“The vulnerability of people aged above 60 to COVID-19 makes this exercise of prime importance,” the Union Well being Ministry harassed within the communication with these states.
The states and union territories have been additionally requested to “quickly saturate” the primary dose protection among the many 18-plus inhabitants.
In its assertion, the Well being Ministry knowledgeable that the eye of the states was dropped at the truth that the administration of the primary dose has progressively outpaced the administration of second dose.
“It was advised that states earmark doses, earmark days and goal the completion of the train for these beneficiaries,” the ministry stated.
The details of balance stock of 0.5 ml syringes, vaccination coverage among special groups such as transgender persons, persons with disabilities and prisoners and among women, particularly pregnant and lactating women, were also discussed.
The states and union territories were advised to closely monitor the stock from state-level stores to cold chain points, check rational distribution and restrict vaccine wastage to below two per cent, and update data on eVIN (electronic vaccine intelligence network) on a daily basis, Health ministry.
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