Center orders states/UTs to form committees for COVID-19 vaccination

Covid Vaccine

The Central Government has ordered the states to form panels, which will supervise the COVID-19 vaccination process and co-ordinate effectively to carry out the vaccination drive in a smooth way. The Centre is keen to ensure a hassle-free vaccination of citizens that will cause minimal stress on other health care services. The Centre is also wary of unscrupulous usage of social media which may disburse fake rumors against vaccine inoculation. To counter these problems, the Centre has encouraged cyber intelligence for early tracking of such malpractices.

The Government has stated that the vaccine inoculation process will take over a year and will be initiated by targeting specific groups like health care workers. The Health Ministry is expecting the formation of panels at state as well as district levels. These panels will supervise the setup of activities which will include strategy, challenges related to terrain and distribution, cold chain preparedness and planning of operations.

Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, wrote a letter to states and UTs, suggesting the formation of SSC (State Steering Committee) which will be led by the chief secretary, State Task Force (STF) headed by the Principal Health Secretary and District Magistrate led District Task Force (DTF).

STF will adhere to the guidelines issued for operations and funding as well as laying out timelines for districts to plan and inoculate the vaccine whenever it will be made available. The STF will also manage vaccinators in government and public/private domain to ensure a smooth vaccination drive.

The DTF will deal at micro-level such as overseeing the progress of the beneficiary database on vaccination. Development of plans for effective communication at all levels.

The timeline of activities laid for such committees mention meeting of SSC should be conducted at least once a month, for STF once a fortnight and per week for the DTF.

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