Odisha Govt mulls more private COVID Vaccination Centers

Bhubaneswar: To expand the COVID-19 vaccination drive in Odisha, the state Government today sought recommendation from all district administrations for setting up of vaccination centers in private hospitals other than empaneled hospitals under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) and Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).

In a letter to all Collectors and Municipal Commissioners, Additional Chief Secretary to Government PK Mohapatra wrote, COVID19 vaccination of healthcare workers, frontline workers and age appropriate group of citizens is going on smoothly in the state. Private hospitals empaneled under CGHS & BSKY have been designated as COVID19 Vaccination Centres (CVC) along with Government healthcare facilities. To expand the number of CVCs, you are requested to verify and recommend any of the private hospitals in your district not empaneled under BSKY and CGHS,” the letter further reads. 

The criteria for setting up COVID-19 Vaccination Centres: 

  • Sufficient cold chain equipment and capacity 
  • Sufficient rooms / space for waiting area, vaccination and observation post vaccination.
  • Sufficient number of trained vaccinators and verifiers.
  •  Ability to manage the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI), as per the norms and guideline of the Ministry.

The Government requested the officials to assess feasibility of such private hospitals in the district and submit proposal for establishment of CVCs.

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