India’s National Covid-19 vaccination strategy has been implemented from May 1, 2021. This strategy focuses on end-to-end planning and devising strategies to encourage domestic manufacturing and efficient administration of vaccination to strengthen the country’s Healthcare System. The central government is working in close collaboration with States/UTs to maximize the availability of vaccines in the shortest possible time and facilitating vaccines free of cost as well.
The Centre on Wednesday provided advance information on the availability of Covid-19 vaccine doses to States/UTs for the next two fortnights of the month. Along with this, the centre also mentioned the amount available for direct procurement by the states from the manufacturers.
5.86 crore doses will be provided free of cost
According to the advanced visibility and under the ‘Liberalised Pricing & Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy’, a total of 5,89,29,000 doses will be provided free of cost by the government to States from May 1, 2021, to June 15, 2021. In addition to this, a total of 4.87 crore doses will be available till the end of June 2021 for direct procurement by the States and UTs, as per the information provided by vaccine manufacturers.
The Centre’s Liberalised policy on COVID-19 vaccine also states that every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratories (CDL) cleared vaccine doses would be provided to States for free of cost, as was done earlier. The remaining 50% of CDL cleared vaccine doses would be made available for direct procurement by the States and Private hospitals.
The Centre also stated that this advanced visibility will enable better and more effective planning by the states.
Guidelines for Efficient & Judicious utilisation of doses by States
In order to ensure efficient and judicious utilisation of available doses for successful implementation of mass inoculation drive, the centre has issued certain guidelines of advice for the states and UTs.
– In view of administering the Covid-19 vaccine, the centre has advised States and UTs to prepare a district-wise, Covid Vaccination Wise (CVC) plan.
– The centre has advised States and UTs to use multiple media platforms for dissemination of such a plan to enhance awareness among the masses.
– It has been advised to State Govts as well as Private CVCs to publish their vaccination calendar on CoWIN digital platform in advance.
– States and Private CVCs are refrained from publishing single day vaccination calendars.
– The Centre has advised States to ensure that the process of booking appointments on CoWIN is hassle-free.
Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy in order to contain and manage the pandemic. Along with this, the centre has emphasised practising Test, Track, Treat and following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.