Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today said it may consider to increase the number of session sites or change them to ensure complete utilization of available Covid vaccines within one week from January 16, 2021.
In a letter to District Collectors and Municipal Corporation Commissioners, Additional Chief Secretary, PK Mohapatra stated session planning should be done based on supply / availability of vaccines in the district. Beneficiaries should be informed in advance to come for vaccination in staggered time slots so as to prevent crowding at the session site.
Worth mentioning, the launching of COVID-19 Vaccination programme will be conducted on January 16 in 160 identified session sites in all district and Municipal corporation areas.
Here’re the detailed guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccination
• Two types of Vaccines i.e. Covishield vaccine & Covaxin Vaccine will be supplied to the State.
• Each Covishield vaccine vial contains 10 doses and each Covaxin Vaccine vial contains 20 doses.
• The shelf life of both the vaccines is six months. The date of manufacture of vaccine has been mentioned on the vials, but there will be no mention of expiry date and no vaccine vial monitor. There is no Open Vial Policy for either vaccine and the vaccine should be utilized within 4 hours of opening the vial. It is to be ensured that there is Zero Wastage of the vaccine and once opened, all doses in a vial should be fully utilized.
• The principle of “First Expiry First Out (FEFO) shall be followed during vaccine distribution and use at District Vaccine Stores & Cold Chain Points
• State has received 4.08 Lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses of Covaxin Vaccine in the first lot. The Wastage Factor of both the vaccines is 1.11 (10%).
• 50% of the vaccines received will be supplied from State to district for first dose vaccination and the remaining 50% vaccines will be supplied in time for second dose vaccination. All beneficiaries should complete vaccination using the same vaccine product i.e. there is no option for interchangeability of vaccines.
Based on present supply by MOHFW in first lot, the Covishield vaccine will be supplied to all 30 districts and Covaxin Vaccine will be supplied to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area. The amount of vaccine distributed to a district will be in proportion to the number of Healthcare Workers registered in the district.
PRIORITIZATION OF HEALTH INSTITUTIONS & BENEFICIARIES:
• Session planning should be done based on supply / availability of vaccines in the district. Beneficiaries should be informed in advance to come for vaccination in staggered time slots so as to prevent crowding at the session site. .
During vaccination, the principle of saturation of a healthcare institution will be followed. Hence it is to be ensured that when an institution is selected for vaccination, there is sufficient vaccine supply for all its healthcare workers (from Safalkarmachari to Doctors) before selecting another facility for vaccination.
• Healthcare institutions (Govt. and Pvt.) will be prioritized for vaccination in the order of the level of care they provide: first tertiary care institutions, then secondary care institutions, then primary care institutions.
• If the vaccine available is insufficient to cover all institutions of a certain category (tertiary/secondary/primary), the one with higher patient load will be prioritized.
• If the vaccine available is insufficient to cover all workers within a healthcare facility, the healthcare workers with higher age will be prioritized.
LAUNCHING OF COVID-19 VACCINATION ON 16TH JANUARY 2021:
• The launching of COVID-19 Vaccination programme will be conducted on 16.01.21 in 160 identified session sites in all district & Municipal corporation areas.
• Thereafter, the session sites can be increased / changed so as to utilize the entire available supply of vaccines within one week of 16.01.21.