The Centre has mentioned that on-site registration for COVID-19 inoculation for healthcare and frontline employees aged 18 to 44 years will now only be accessible at authorities COVID vaccination centres.
IMAGE: A medic administers the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a policeman throughout the third section of inoculation drive, in Bengaluru, on Friday. Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo
They must produce authentic photograph identification playing cards and a duplicate of their employment certificates, it mentioned.
In a communique to states and union territories (UTs) on Monday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned on-site registration facility for ‘genuinely leftover’ healthcare employees (HCWs) and frontline employees (FLWs) will likely be accessible only at authorities COVID vaccinations centres (CVCs).
The Centre on Saturday had conveyed to states and UTs that no contemporary registration of HCWs and FLWs will likely be allowed with quick impact since some ineligible beneficiaries have been getting their names enlisted and getting inoculated below this class in violation of tips.
Bhushan mentioned, ‘Please consult with my letter dated third April, 2021, vide which, in view of vaccination of ineligible beneficiaries within the identify of HCWs or FLWs at some CVCs, in full violation of the prescribed tips, the choice of the NEGVAC that, no contemporary registration within the classes of HCWs and FLWs will likely be allowed, has been communicated.’
‘In continuation of the mentioned steerage, following extra instructions are issued for vaccination of HCWs or FLWs, aged from 18 years to 44 years: On-site registration facility for genuinely leftover HCWs or FLWs will henceforth be accessible only within the authorities CVCs,’ he mentioned.
NEGVAC or the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 has been established by the federal government to offer steerage on all points of COVID-19 vaccination.
Bhushan mentioned that for on-site registration, it will likely be necessary for HCWs and FLWs to supply their authentic photo-identity card and a duplicate of their employment certificates.
The letter said that the employer will likely be accountable to make sure that the certificates is issued to only eligible HCWs and FLWs.
‘The employer and the HCW or FLW involved will likely be personally accountable for the correctness of knowledge within the employment certificates.
‘It will likely be necessary for the verifier to seize the employment certificates within the CoWIN system previous to registration of the HCW or FLW,’ it mentioned.
The verifier or website supervisor will likely be accountable for importing the employment certificates together with crucial particulars on the Co-WIN app, in accordance with the letter.
The app is a platform for residents to register for COVID-19 vaccination and schedule their vaccination slots at the closest vaccination centres.
Bhushan in his letter to states and UTs additionally mentioned that varied inputs have been obtained from totally different sources that in some CVCs, some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as HCWs and FLWs, and they’re getting vaccinated in full violation of the prescribed tips.
‘This problem was mentioned with state representatives and area information consultants within the NEGVAC assembly immediately, and as per the advice of the NEGVAC, it has been determined that no contemporary registrations in classes of HCWs and FLWs will likely be allowed with quick impact. Registrations of individuals aged 45 years and above will proceed to be permitted on the CoWIN portal,’ he mentioned within the letter.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with HCWs getting inoculated and vaccination of FLWs began from February 2.
The subsequent section of the COVID-19 vaccination drive began on March 1 for these over 60 years of age and for individuals aged 45 and above with co-morbid circumstances.
India launched vaccination for all individuals aged greater than 45 from April 1.