From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : The Union Health Ministry has asked the remaining 18 states including the North East to get the first consignment of corona vaccine soon and be ready to receive it. The Assam government official today said that the Union Health Ministry sent a letter to all the north-eastern states and said in a letter that the supplier will supply vaccines to the centres of 19 states and union territories. These include Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The remaining 18 States and Union Territories will get the vaccine from their respective government medical storage depots. These include Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Daman and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.
Dr. Pradeep Haldar, adviser, Reproductive and Child Health, Ministry of Health said in a letter dated 5th January that all states and union territories can get the first consignment of Kovid-19 vaccines soon. In this regard, you are urged to keep preparations in advance to achieve the supply of vaccines, he added. The letter says that the vaccine will be distributed in the districts as per the registered beneficiaries for which a separate letter will be sent soon. It may be recalled that the country’s drug controller had approved the Covaccine of Oxford-AstraZeneca on Sunday and the Covaccine of the Bharat Biotech Company developed in the country for limited use in emergencies.
The ministry said on Tuesday that it is ready to provide the vaccine within 10 days of the limited use of vaccine emergencies on January 3, but the government will decide which date the vaccine will be brought. Meanwhile, vaccination will be rehearsed on 8th January in all states and union territories except Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to ensure effective planning and management for supply of vaccines in each district. A senior official said today that the drought vaccine for kovid-19 vaccine has been continued regularly across Assam to prepare medical staff and infrastructure following a letter from the Union Health Ministry. The senior official said that the National Health Mission and the State Health Department have tried to cover health centres and hospitals as much as possible in the coming days in the ongoing drought-era exercise across the state. “Our aim is to prepare our employees, upgrade state machinery and improve vaccine delivery infrastructure. We do not want people to have any issue when the actual vaccine will be managed.