Mumbai: In a huge development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched India’s vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus through video conferencing.
Developed as the world’s largest immunization program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to immunize its millions of healthcare and frontline workers first and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.
A total of 3006 session sites in all states and union territories will be virtually connected during the launch. The Union Health Ministry has said that about 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session venue on the inauguration day.
Government and private-sector health care workers, including Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers, will receive the vaccine in the first phase.
This campaign will be run daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except for the scheduled days for regular vaccination programs.
According to the Ministry of Health, in the next stages of the vaccination campaign, there are people over the age of 50, and people under 50, but have a serious health condition or comrades will be vaccinated.
The drug regulatory body of India has currently approved two vaccines. The Pune-based Serum Institute of India has developed the Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, while Covaxin has been developed by Bharat Biotech of Hyderabad in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medicine (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology.
The vaccination program in the country will use Saha-Win (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work), an online digital platform developed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which will provide real-time information on vaccine stocks, storage temperatures, and personal tracking. The beneficiary of the COVID-19 vaccine. This digital platform will help all managers to organize vaccination sessions.
A dedicated 24×7 call center – 1075 has also been set up to address queries related to the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine rollout, and co-win software.
The Union Health Ministry said that the initial purchase of 1.65 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin against Covid-19 has been allocated to all the States/UTs.
India reported 15,158 new COVID-19 cases, 16,977 discharges, and 175 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health on Saturday.
The cumulative caseload in the country reached 1,05,42,841 including 2,11,033 active infections and 1,01,79715 recoveries. The death toll has climbed to 1,52,093.