Covid vaccination: Lists of frontline workers sought
The state health department has requested various government departments to draw up by January 25 lists of employees who are in the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 so that a plan can be prepared for the next round of vaccination.
The departments that have been identified for “line listing” — according to the health department’s parlance — include home, transport, police, panchayat, prisons, municipal affairs and civil defence.
“The Union health ministry wants the completed list to be uploaded on the CoWIN app by January 28. We have requested all departments, including those in the offices of the district magistrates and the block development officers, to give us the lists three days in advance,” an official at Swasthya Bhavan said.
“The health department will be responsible for administering the doses. If required, we can train nodal officers and back office staff in each department in uploading data on the CoWIN app.”
Some departments said they were in the final stages of drawing up the lists, while a few said their lists were ready. Calcutta police, for instance, have submitted a list of 36,500 personnel, including civic volunteers.
On Friday, senior health department officials held several rounds of meetings with representatives of various central organisations, including the railways, Calcutta Port Trust, BSF, NSG, CISF, ITBP and Assam Rifles, to decide on sites where health-care workers from these agencies could be vaccinated.
Once the complete list of frontline workers is ready, vaccination centres will be set up across four strata — district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, block primary health centres and rural hospitals.