Day 1 glitches ironed out, vaccination centres ready for next, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, when the Covid-19 vaccination drive started, 4,319 out of 8,117 beneficiaries got inoculated at 81 centres. On Monday, day two of the drive, the number of vaccinators and centres will remain the same, but, apart from the vaccine doses, the authorities are also armed with valuable lessons learnt on the first day.

“Though the exercise was streamlined on Saturday and there were no major problems at any centre, glitches were faced in the Co-WIN app. Thankfully, backup hard copies of all records were available and technical glitches didn’t derail the exercise,” said a government official. “The problems have been rectified and, hopefully, there won’t be any glitches Monday onwards,” he added.

Another area that might see further enhancement are the observation booths at the centres. “There were 52 instances of adverse events following immunisation. Except one, all were minor effects, but more infrastructure for medical emergencies may be added to tackle such events, even though the centres are currently in hospitals,” said the official.

“Only one 22-year-old, who is in security work, was admitted in the ICU at AIIMS, while the other 51 were discharged after monitoring for sometime,” said health minister Satyendar Jain. The patient was discharged from AIIMS on Sunday.

Jain added that the number of vaccination centres would be increased from 81 to 175 soon and then to 1,000. “There were more vaccination sites earlier, but the numbers everywhere were reduced by the central government. In Delhi, it was reduced to 81. Gradually, all agencies that provide healthcare will be involved in the vaccination drive as the number of centres is being scaled up. Every healthcare worker in the capital will get vaccinated,” said the minister.

Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of Lok Nayak Hospital said the arrangements on Monday would be on the same lines as the first day. The hospital was visited by CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday during the launch of the vaccination drive. In all, 32 healthcare personnel were vaccinated there.

Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital’s medical director Dr BL Sherwal said that arrangements there would be similar on Monday, except that unlike Saturday, when the facility saw a celebratory atmosphere with the launch of the drive, no mementos would be given to those getting inoculated.

Out of the 81 centres, West and North West districts have the highest number of vaccination points (11) where arrangements have been made for inoculation of 1,100 beneficiaries each. They are followed by South and Central districts with nine centres each with the target of inoculating 935 and 891 beneficiaries, respectively. With just two vaccination centres, North East district plans to inoculate 200 beneficiaries, the lowest in the city.

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