Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bihar, West Bengal introduce mobile Covid Vaccination Centre for speedy coverage

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today flagged off Tika Express  vehicle (Vaccination on wheel) to provide vaccine  to beneficiaries at their Mohalla across the state. Mr Kumar said 121 Tika express will move in urban areas of the state to  vaccinate people. The drive has been launched to vaccinate above  44 years people in urban local bodies.

For vaccination there will be on spot registration and beneficiaries have to show Aadhaar card.

Meanwhile the clinical trial of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN on children began at AIIMS Patna. All 15 kids who voluntarily turned up for the vaccine trial had gone through the screening process such as RT-PCR, antibody test and general check up prior to receiving their shots.

Three children were found fit for vaccine trials after screening. Children found with antibodies could not participate in the vaccine trial. Dr Sanjeev Kumar, nodal-in-charge for COVID at AIIMS, Patna said, the children who received their first shot are in the age group of 12 to 18 years. After being administered 0.5.ml dose of intramuscular injection, the children were monitored for two hours.

The second dose will be given after four weeks. During this period their health will be closely monitored.

In West Bengal, Kolkata saw its first mobile Covid Vaccination Centre as the civic authority introduced ‘Vaccination on Wheels’ today.

Around 300 persons have been registered to get the jab from the mobile CVC today. AIR Correspondent reports that over 1.5 crore people have been vaccinated in the state so far and now it’s time for ‘vaccination on wheels’ to extend the benefit of inoculation to the masses.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation, in association with the transport department, has started the service this morning from the Posta bazar area, targeting small traders, workers and daily wagers. After on spot registration, ten at a time are getting the jab inside an air-conditioned bus. They are being observed by medical staff for half an hour to see if someone develops any after-effect post vaccination. Mobile CVCs will be roaming in the market areas, bus terminals and entry points of trucks into the city to vaccinate the superspreaders.

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