The state government of Telangana has prepared an action plan to control COVID-19 disease. As part of the action plan, the state health department has readied 10,000 healthcare teams to administer COVID vaccine to as many as 75 lakh people during the initial phase of vaccine distribution in the state.
According to senior officials in the health department, as the central government has instructed the states to be ready with a detailed action plan on the COVID vaccine distribution, the state government has instructed the concerned authorities to make sure all facilities are put in place in advance.
“In the initial phase, across the country as many as 30 crore people are expected to get the first dose of vaccine. For this already a detailed database of frontline workers and people with high risk factor has already been prepared. In Telangana, we have prepared a detailed data base of as many as 70 lakh people who includes not only frontline corona warriors, but also people with high risk and old age people beyond 65 years of age,” informed Dr C Shivaleela, director of Institute of Preventive Medicine, Telangana.
It is learnt that in the initial phase of distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, the designate people will be given first dose of vaccine, and again after a gap of 3-4 weeks, they will be given a second dose. For the smooth administration of the vaccine across the state, already the state government has instructed the concerned district officials to prepare district, revenue division, mandal and village level health committees and these committees will oversee administration of the vaccine with the help of healthcare teams.
Each health care team will include a nurse, ANM and Asha workers. Each team is given a target of vaccinating at least 100 people in the area of their jurisdiction per day. At this rate, the 10,000 team of health care workers will vaccinate one lakh people per day in the state and within just one week’s period they will reach the target of vaccinating 70 lakh people.
Health experts also opined that the main reason for mass vaccination drive within just a week’s period is to make sure there is not much gap between starting date and end date of vaccination. Because if much gap is given, then it may not have much effect as the second dose of vaccination drive may get delayed and this may lead to ineffectiveness of the vaccine.
Currently, the health department is fully engrossed in providing training to the healthcare staff on the upcoming vaccination drive. As already the healthcare staff are well experienced in conducting mass vaccination drives such as pulse polio, Mission Indra Dhanush, Measles-Rubella etc diseases, it won’t be a big problem to make it a big success in the state. However, since COVID-19 is a new disease, the healthcare workers are given training on how to handle the situation if any kind of adverse reaction is witnessed among the participants.
Reference : Pharmabiz