Health Ministry asks states/ UTs to stop vaccine wastage

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New Delhi, 31 March: Vaccination against coronavirus of all people above the age of 45 years will be started from April 1. On Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare held a meeting with health secretaries of all the states through video conferencing regarding preparations in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that there is no shortage of vaccines in the states. The Centre will continue to supply the vaccine to the states continuously.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Authority (NHA), Dr R.S. Sharma reviewed the status of corona vaccination across the country. This meeting also focused on the districts in which corona cases have increased in recent times.

The Centre asked the States and Union Territories to bring all health workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) under their vaccination also asked to prevent mistakes and double entries made on the Cowin platform.

With this, for the capacity utilization of private sector Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs), they were asked to regularly review the vaccination being done at these centres.

The ministry also directed to complete all arrangements for vaccine storage. States have been asked to reduce vaccine wastage by less than 1 percent. At present, the national level of waste is 06 percent.

Dr R.S. Sharma assured that there is no problem with the storage and management policies of vaccines. He said that there is no importance of saving these vaccines for the second dose of vaccines and that all government and private sector hospitals will have to supply them immediately, wherever there is a demand for these vaccines.

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