COVID India | Manifold Rise in Vaccination Expected from 1 MarchPublished on: 26/02/2021
The vaccination centres are expecting a manifold rise in the number of people coming to take their scheduled jibe.
After the announcement of phase three vaccination which is set to begin from 1 March in the country, the vaccination centres are expecting a manifold rise in the number of people coming to take their scheduled jibe.
While they are yet to receive guidelines from the Union government, the centres expect that the vaccination will increase by two to four times than the current pace.
The government facilities expect more turnout in vaccination since the beneficiaries of the third phase, which are people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities, will be given jibes free of cost at public health facilities.
The centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital said that it may see an increase of up to 600 inoculations per day, which is nearly twice the number of people it is vaccinating currently.
“We are conducting vaccinations at three sites and are able to achieve the mark of 350. However, we expect to vaccinate as many as 600 people when the immunization programme opens to the general public.”
Said Dr. Neelam Roy, nodal officer for Covid immunization at the hospital.
Dr. B.L. Sherwal, director, Delhi government-run Rajiv Gandhi super Speciality Hospital, told IANS that it can comfortably vaccinate 500-600 people in a day. “The vaccination programme is being operated at five sites at our centre. Going by the current borderline, we will be able to vaccinate 500 people in a day. However, it could be stretched up to 600 as well,” he said.
The current Covid-19 vaccination programme which is being run over healthcare and frontline workers will be extended to people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities from March 1. Around 10,000 government’s and over 20,000 private vaccination centres will be roped in to carry the immunization drive across the country.
Sherwal also said that depending upon the response by the people, the session sites may be increased as well to accommodate all who would be queuing-up for the vaccine shots.
Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital is looking forward to ramp-up the inoculations by double at its centre when the immunization drive is opened for the general public. “We would be able to vaccinate 500 people every day,” said Dr. Shilpa Pandita, deputy medical superintendent there. The hospital is running vaccination at one site and would add another in coming days.