Presently, there are 51 vaccination sites being run by the UT health department. “We have sites which can take more than 200 beneficiaries. But what matters is quality and well trained staff. So, if there is more demand, we will extend the timings at the sites till 8 pm,” said director health services of the UT, Dr Amandeep Kang.
Sources said by next month, vaccination against Covid-19 shall be extended to those who are 45 years of age and above without co-morbidities.
“There are around 70,000 vaccines in our cold chain storage. We have these until July when this consignment will expire. There is no shortage of Covishield with us,” said an official at the UT health department.
According to the mandatory requirement for a vaccination site, there are three rooms which have been reserved for the vaccination and these include a waiting room, vaccination room and observation room. Five vaccination officers have been deputed for the same. There are also facilities for adverse event and critical care monitors and specialists are also available.
Moreover, city-based social activists have started a helpline for Covid-19 vaccination where elderly above 60 years of age or those who are bedridden can call up anytime and ask for assistance. “We will take them from home and drop them back after vaccination. This will be for the elderly who are unable to come on their own to the vaccination sites,” said BJP’s medical cell convener, Prince Bhadula. The helpline number is 8269000055. This will be operational from 9am till 5pm.