Delhi: Vaccination points to scale up to 225 within a week

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New Delhi:Delhi: Vaccination points to scale up to 225 within a week. The Delhi government is expecting to scale up the vaccination centers to 225 within a week of the Covid-19 immunization program launch, officials informed.

Dr. Suneela Garg, a member of the task force for Covid vaccination confirmed to IANS that the government is looking to extend the sites by the week of the immunization drive launch. “We may have close to 225 centers. Eventually, we have demarcated 1,000 centers and will be spawning over them gradually,” she said.

The massive inoculation drive slated to begin January 16 onwards will be launched in Delhi with 81 hospitals, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed earlier in the day.

The development has come after the number of vaccination sites was slashed from 89 to 75 on Wednesday. However, it was finalized to 81 today after a review meeting with the district magistrates and officers at the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, the officials informed.

The officials further informed that the sites which did not makeup to the final list because of various reasons will be reviewed again.

The national capital has received a total of 2.84 lakh Covid vaccines in the last two days. On Tuesday, the city received 2.64 lakh doses of Covishield, the Covid vaccine by Serum Institute of India while a consignment carrying 20,000 doses of Covaxin, the covid vaccine of Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, was delivered to the city’s vaccine storage facility, on Wednesday.

All the vaccines are stored at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (SSH), which is also doubling up as Delhi’s only vaccine storage facility.

The roll-out of vaccines at 81 locations will start with immunizing around 2.25 lakh healthcare workers in the capital as decided in phase I of the vaccination exercise. The vaccination will include the frontline and other priority groups decided by the Centre in further stages.

The government will provide a staff of 7-8 people at each vaccination site. The staff includes security personnel, nurses, paramedics, and a doctor.

Three rooms are designated for the vaccination at each site divided into a waiting area, inoculation room, and observation area post-vaccination.

A reception desk is created before the rooms for the registration and verification of the beneficiaries who would be called via the Co-WIN app.

–IANS

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