Ready to roll out vaccines by January 13, says health ministry
The Covid-19 vaccines cleared by the DCGI on January 3 will be prepared for rollout within 10 days from the date of emergency use authorisation, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. However, it noted that the final decision lies with the government.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a press conference, said healthcare workers and frontline workers need not register themselves as their database has been populated on to the Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system in a bulk manner.
“Based on the feedback of dry-run, the Health Ministry is ready to introduce Covid-19 vaccine within 10 days from date of emergency use authorisation,” he said.
However, responding to a query about rollout, the secretary said the government will take the final decision.
The country’s drugs regulator on Sunday granted restricted emergency use approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield and also to indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech.
Bhushan said that the Co-WIN app can be used by any country who wants to do so, as the system is made for India and the world.
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V.K. Paul said an optimistic scenario is emerging with the pandemic situation in India consistently improving in terms of active cases and new deaths declining.
“Let’s hope this trend will continue. In terms of the new UK mutant issue, this mutation has entered this country and 71 have been isolated which shows our capacity to mount that kind of a scientific investigation. But at the same time we have not seen the emergence of any untoward cluster in the country as of now which is reassuring so far,” Paul said.
While healthcare and frontline workers will not be required to register themselves, Bhushan said when they would come to the population priority group, there the provision of registration and editing of data would come.
“Then the system electronically allows session allocation...the beneficiary has been vaccinated this will also be digitally captured and he will be given this information digitally when he has to come for the next dose. They will also get an acknowledgement, a unique health ID would also be generated,” he said.
Bhushan said Co-WIN will have a provision that one can create a unique health ID and “you can keep the acknowledgement in a digi locker which is free or on your phone”.
“In case of an adverse event, to ensure its real time reporting there is a provision in Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system,” he said.
Bhushan further said that Co-WIN has the facility of automated session allocation, Aadhaar authentication to prevent malpractice, creation of Unique Health ID for willing beneficiaries, reporting and tracking of adverse events following immunization, if any, SMSes in 12 languages to guide beneficiaries and vaccinators, QR code-based vaccination certificate issued after all doses, DigiLocker integrated for data retrieval and storing QR code-based certificate, 24x7 Helpline including IT professionals.