Prioritizing immunization of those who need to receive a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine: center in States
The next allowance for the period May 15-31 will be communicated to them on May 14. It was emphasized that States can use the information regarding dose allocation for the next 15 days to plan their immunization sessions.
States were also urged to minimize vaccine wastage, the statement said. Although overall levels have dropped significantly, the Union’s Secretary of Health stressed that many states still need to significantly reduce waste.
It has been suggested that States and UTs retrain and reorient vaccinators to ensure judicious use of vaccines.
“Any wastage above the national average below must be adjusted from subsequent allocations to that state and UT,” the statement said.
In this context, it was also highlighted that some states are able to report negative wastage because well-trained health workers can extract maximum doses per vial compared to what is generally expected.
States were also notified of purchases from the “Other Than Government of India” (OGoI) channel which was opened as part of the liberalized Phase III vaccination strategy.
In view of pending payments from states to private vaccine manufacturers, states have been advised to form a dedicated state-level team of 2-3 senior officials to ensure day-to-day coordination with vaccine manufacturers and secure the state government. supplies quickly, the statement said.
This team should also coordinate with private hospitals to facilitate their purchases and thus maintain the momentum of the overall immunization exercise in the state.