Reviewing the preparedness of COVID vaccination to be received in future and storage facilities in the district, the Principal Secretary (Health) Hussan Lal said that the Regional Vaccine Store in Civil Hospital would cater supply to five districts including Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar, Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts. Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait and SSP Navjot Singh Mahal, the Principal Secretary, who presided over a meeting in district administrative complex, said that in first phase of vaccination drive, the health workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age would be covered. He said that data of 8000 health workers had been registered so far in district and vaccine would not be administered without registration.Hussan Lal said that in Hoshiarpur, 36 sites (vaccination sites) including Civil Hospital, three sub-divisional hospitals, 12 Community health Centres and health institutions empanelled under Ayushman Bharat-Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojna, had been earmarked for covering 100 persons daily under the vaccination drive.
The Deputy Commissioner informed the Principal Secretary that the health department had already trained 264 employees for administering the vaccine who would be deployed as vaccinators at these sites. She said that apart from health workers, the vaccine would be administered to frontline workers including officials from police, MC and sanitation employees who remained forefront during the pandemic.On being asked about vaccine storage arrangements, Deputy Commissioner said Civil Hospital had capacity of storing 15-16 lakh doses with facility of walk-in coolers.SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said elaborated security arrangements would be made in and around the sites besides during transportation.Civil Surgeon Dr Jasvir Singh said an effective mechanism had been mapped out for the administration of Covid vaccine at all sites and ambulances would also be stationed.On the occasion, Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Pawan Kumar, District Immunization Officer GS Kapoor, District Family and Welfare Officer Dr Rajinder Raj, Deputy Medical Commissioner Dr Harbans Kaur, SMO Dr Jaswinder Singh, Dr Namita Ghai, District Program Manager NHM Mohammad Aasif and others were present.
Principal Secretary orders sampling of UK returnees amid Sars-Cov-2
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