Health Department issues guidelines to speed up vaccination and reduce wastage
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Monday, June 21, 2021. On the directions of Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma, special guidelines have been issued for rural and urban areas along with health institutions and others to give necessary pace to covid vaccination and to ensure minimum wastage.
Health department principal secretary Shri Akhil Arora said that guidelines have been issued for selection of session sites at district level for smooth and time bound vaccination, availability of sufficient stock of vaccine, deployment of sufficient volunteers for security arrangement and availability of sufficient medical staff.
Organising offline vaccination camps in rural areas
As per the directions, offline vaccination camps will be organised panchayat wise in rural areas looking at the availability of vaccines in the district. Village wise vaccination camps should be organised in such gram panchayats whose geographical area is more and the distance of other villages from the panchayat headquarters is more. Village wise or ward wise vaccination camps should be organised at such gram panchayats or villages whose population is more. Maximum population in rural areas are identified as NREGA labourers. In such a situation, offline vaccination sessions or camps should be organised in the rural areas for NREGA labourers and their family members at the concerned village or at the NREGA workplaces. The date and place of vaccination camps should be widely publicised and special campaigns should be carried out to publicise at least one day before the camp day.
According to the directions, these camps as far as possible should be organised at open places such as school premises etc following the prescribed guidelines laid down for vaccine maintenance. Beneficiaries coming to the session sites for vaccination should be distributed tokens through BLO for smooth and easy vaccination. The concerned gram panchayat for this should ensure arrangement of sufficient tokens based on the availability of vaccine doses at the session site. Elderly people, women and people with disability should be given priority in vaccination at the session sites.The health department should provide sufficient vaccines and necessary staff at these session sites.
Emphasis on vaccination at the workplace in urban areas
In urban areas, maximum people are associated with some business, industry, private or government jobs etc. In such a situation, at present looking at insufficient supply of vaccine, selecting workplaces linked with various businesses/industries/offices as session sites and should organise offline vaccination camps with the help of the business/industrial organisations and office management on priority basis for the employees and their families associated with the concerned business, industrial organisations and offices. The concerned organisations and office management should publicise the date and place of such vaccination camps. The health department will provide vaccines and necessary staff at these session sites. Apart from the prescribed targets, 25% vaccine doses should be kept in reserve for emergency situations at the vaccination camps. According to the directions, all the people do not have mobile phones, so while administering the first dose, the beneficiary should be apprised about the due date of the second dose/perod by giving the token. Concerned organisation/office will ensure arrangement of tokens.
The concerned business, industrial organisation and office management will make all other arrangements at these session sites (availability of the place, tents as per requirement, drinking water, sitting arrangements and deployment of volunteers to maintain order and security etc.). As per the directions, the elderly people, women and people with disability should be given priority in the vaccination at the session sites.
Regular Camps will be held at State Medical Institutions
Date wise vaccination camps should be organised at the government medical institutions (hospitals attached to medical colleges, district hospitals, sub district hospitals, satellite hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres) according to the online registration based on the availability of the vaccines in the district. In the vaccination camps organised at the government medical institutions, in addition to the prescribed target, 25% vaccine doses should be kept for emergency situations. Beneficiaries coming to the session sites for vaccination should be distributed tokens through BLO for smooth and easy vaccination. The in-charge of the concerned medical institution should ensure adequate tokens based on the availability of vaccine doses at the session site. Elderly people, women and people with disability should be given priority at the session sites.
Wide publicity will be done for vaccination
According to the directions, proper monitoring of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) should be done at all the session sites with utmost care by taking help of nursing staff, anganwari workers and ASHA Sahayoginis. In regard to covid vaccination, it should be ensured following the guidelines, orders and circulars issued by the Government of India and the State Government from time to time. To give pace to the vaccination campaign in a few parts of the country, it was published in newspapers that the general public to get various facilities (MGNRES, ration from fair price shops etc) have to necessarily get vaccinated. No such prohibitory orders should be issued in the State. The date, place and vaccination plan of the vaccination camps should be widely publicised through print, electronic and social media. The rural and urban local bodies for making general arrangements at the vaccination camps can use the amount received from 15th Finance Commission and from the State Finance Commission.