How Noida, Ghaziabad will kick off Phase 3 today, Health News, ET HealthWorld


Uttar Pradesh: 6 centres, 600 doses: How Noida, Ghaziabad will kick off Phase 3 todayNoida/Ghaziabad: A ‘soft launch’ for the 60-plus age category and those above 45 years with comorbidities is expected to cover about 600 people — 300 in Noida and 300 in Ghaziabad — when the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive begins Monday.

For this, the UP government has released a set of guidelines for all those who will get the jab.

The Gautam Budh Nagar administration will administer the Covishield vaccine at two government centres — Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) in Greater Noida and District Combined hospital in Sector 30 — and the Covaxin jab at the private facility in SJM hospital.

In Ghaziabad, Covid shots will be administered at District Women Hospital, District Combined Hospital and Yashoda Hospital in Kaushambi. The private centre will charge Rs 250 for every shot.

As the first day of this phase is a soft launch, a maximum of 100 doses will be administered at every centre.

“All private healthcare centres will have to acquire the vaccine from the district vaccine store. Once they pay Rs 150 per dose to the Indian government, they can take the vaccine. These centres will have to follow all the guidelines for storage and administration of the vaccine,” said Dr Neeraj Tyagi, district immunisation officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.

While 60% of the vaccinations will be done through online registration on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal, the remaining 40% will be walk-in registrations.

The Co-WIN portal will be opened for registrations from Monday morning. While registering, all three centres will be visible on the portal and people will be able to choose the nearest one. For the on-spot vaccinations, those eligible can walk in at any of these centres and register. They will need to carry either their voter ID or Aadhaar card for registration. Officials said that they need not be registered voters of the district to get the shot.

After the soft launch, the vaccination drive for the elderly is expected to begin around March 4 or 5. Officials said that they have prepared the centres estimating around 4.25 lakh people in this category to get the vaccine.

“Based on our estimates, we can vaccinate everyone in this category within 15 days if we conduct around 230 sessions every day. We currently have enough vaccine doses to conduct two-three days of the drive. We are soon going to receive more doses as there is enough available,” said Dr Tyagi.

Officials added that private healthcare centres have also been informed that they can conduct paid vaccination drives at their facilities. All empanelled centres under Ayushman Bharat and CGHS can get the vaccine. There are 33 such centres in Noida, but not all of them may want to conduct the vaccination drives.

Officials said that the final list of government and private centres where the vaccination drive will be conducted will be uploaded on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal by the end of Monday. Once it is uploaded, people can choose the centre of their convenience.

Ghaziabad CMO Dr NK Gupta said, “We have around 50,000 doses of the vaccine (mainly Covishield) in stock.” The health department is planning to conduct the vaccination drive at 26 private and eight government hospitals in the coming days.

According to the guidelines, the vaccinations will be done in all government and private hospitals covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. It is necessary to obtain consent from the hospitals covered under the scheme for vaccination.

On Sunday, the health department held a meeting with the operators of all the hospitals involved in the Ayushman scheme in the district and all such facilities gave their consent. Every hospital will appoint a vaccination manager who will be responsible for all vaccination-related work.

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