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Monday, 8 February 2021

Vaccination: Chandigarh frontline worker turnout 77% so far

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 7

The turnout of frontline workers has been 77.4 per cent in the past four days in Chandigarh, whereas the overall percentage of beneficiaries turning up for Covid-19 inoculation is 45 per cent.

The vaccination programme for the frontline workers began on February 3 and four sessions have been conducted so far.

Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, "We have been inoculating the CRPF personnel initially and that is why the turnout is good among the frontline workers. From tomorrow onwards, targeted beneficiaries will be called at the police hospital. The real picture of hesitancy among the frontline workers will emerge thereafter. So far, the turnout has been above average."

The Central government had recently pointed out a less coverage of health care workers for Covid-19 inoculation in Chandigarh and asked the UT to enhance it. The coverage has been only 20 per cent in Chandigarh.

Dr Kang said the Administration was going to set up a counselling cell comprising 8-10 health care professionals for beneficiaries. Besides, the heads of each department have been asked to counsel their respective staff regarding the vaccine.

Sources in the Administration said it would be a strenuous task for the UT to expand the coverage of health care beneficiaries to even 40 per cent, given the fact that 50 per cent health staff was still hesitant to Covid-19 vaccination.

Health employees to be inoculated by Feb 20

The UT Health Department is now going to pick up the pace for inoculating health care workers as the Central government has fixed a deadline for their vaccination, which is February 20.

No health employee will be called for vaccination after the deadline. In the month of March, the vaccination round will shift focus to the elderly above 50 years. The Centre has fetched the data from the electoral rolls of each state and will be subsequently uploaded on the CoWIN portal for registration.

from The Tribune

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