On Tuesday the Centre permitted all private hospitals to give COVID vaccine if they follow the laid down norms and asked the states and union territories to utilise the optimum capacity of private medical facilities impanelled under three categories.
It was urged by the states and union territories to not store, reserve, conserve or create a stock of Covid-19 vaccines, said the Union Health Ministry said in a statement that came a day after the start of the second phase of India’s vaccination drive in which it has been asked to include everyone above 60 years and the ones over 45 with stipulated co-morbidities.
The centre while reviewing the official meeting with the states, reiterated that where is not shortage of the vaccines and therefore sufficient vaccine doses should be allocated to the COVID Vaccination Centres(CVCs)
“The central government has adequate stock and will provide the required vaccine doses to the states and UTs,” it said.
However, the centre also asked the states and UTs to ensure enough allocation of Covid-19 vaccines to all the hospitals weather government or private, as the entire duration for which vaccination sessions have been planned.
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Under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), it has been asked the to utilise the optimum capacity of all private hospitals with the the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) and the state health insurance schemes to enable them to effectively function as CVCs.
It has been asked to the states and UTs to regularly collaborate with the private hospitals to ensure that there is ideal capacity for vaccination which is to be utilised.
The statement said, “Private hospitals not empanelled under the above-mentioned three categories have also been permitted to operate as CVCs if they have adequate number of vaccinators, adequate space for observation of the vaccinated, adequate cold chain arrangement and adequate arrangement for management of Adverse Events Following Immunisation(AEFI).”
In addition to that the statement said, all the government health facilities, all private hospitals empanelled under the CGHS, the AB-PMJAY and the state health insurance schemes can function as CVCs, subject to them mandatorily adhering to certain norms.
However, it is suggested by the health ministry said, that all private vaccination centres should have effective crowd management protocols in place, along with facilities for seating, water, proper signage etc.
They should also ensure adherence to a COVID-appropriate behaviour among the beneficiaries. The state and district administrations would proactively facilitate this.
“Further, states and UTs in consultation with the private hospitals should open the vaccination slots for 15 days to a month and announce this as part of their Vaccine Time Table,” it added.
The Co-WIN2.0 portal can be scaled up to accommodate all potential and eligible beneficiaries. The portal should be put to effective use as the backbone of the vaccination programme, it further said.