Centre reviews COVID-19 vaccination drive and preparations with states, UTs

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan yesterday held a review meeting with all States and Union Territories on the COVID-19 vaccination drive and preparations. The meeting focused on the identification of low vaccine coverage pockets particularly in districts showing COVID surge and for taking corrective actions there.

With regards to the vaccination coverage of Health Care Workers and Front Line Workers, the states have been advised to ensure that only eligible beneficiaries are registered and vaccinated under these categories. Besides, the states were also asked to conduct regular reviews of vaccinations at Private COVID Vaccination Centres with respect to their capacity utilization. They were advised to ensure that there is no sedimentation of vaccine stocks at any level of storage.  

In the meeting, Chairperson, Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination, Dr. R S Sharma assured that there is no problem in the storage and logistics of vaccines. He reiterated that there is no value in conserving vaccines for the second dose and states must promptly supply vaccines to all government and private hospitals.

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