The Union Health Minstry today held a review meeting with administrators from States and UTs on the progress of COVID-19 vaccination in states. This comes in the backdrop of more flexibilities given to States to enhance the pace of vaccination,and increased vaccine supplies for June 2021 shared with the States and UTs through the advance vaccine visibility calendar. The meeting was chaired by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
Rajesh Bhushan said that there is a substantial scope to accelerate the pace of vaccination even further. The total availability of vaccines is going to increase further in June 2021 (as already shared with them through the Vaccine Visibility Calendar). Nearly 12 crores (11,95,70,000) doses will be available to
states and UTs in June 2021 enabling them to ramp up the vaccination numbers.
He assures that the Centre will provide the states and UTs with the available buffer stock to urgently replenish their depleting stocks so that the vaccination drive carries on with a steady pace. He also noted that a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach has allowed for the exercise to be modified to suit present circumstances in wide consultation with all the stakeholders which has resulted in more flexibility to the States and UTs regarding the vaccination program.
Mr Bhushan urged to increase the number of near-to-home vaccination centres, and create awareness among the masses for use of these CVCs.
Besides, states/UTs were also exhorted to proactively increase engagement with private hospitals on COVID vaccinations. States/UTs were advised to constitute a 2/3-member dedicated team to regularly coordinate with vaccine manufacturers and private hospitals for timely supplies of vaccine.
Concluding, the Union Health Secretary pointed that there were many states which still needed to substantially reduce the wastage.