Ghaziabad: Max Hospital asked to vaccinate 5k beneficiaries per day
In order to vaccinate more people falling in the 18-45 years age bracket, the district administration has asked the officials of Max Hospital in Vaishali to take up vaccination of about 5,000 beneficiaries per day, said officials aware of the matter.
The target is quite high given that for the past five days, the 45 government centres and the vaccination sites at two private hospitals have been collectively able to vaccinate about 13,000 beneficiaries per day on an average.
District magistrate of Ghaziabad Ajay Shankar Pandey said he held meeting with officials of Max Hospital, Vaishali, and asked them to vaccinate about 5,000 beneficiaries per day, primarily to inoculate people of the 18-45 age group.
“The target is high but is the need of the hour. We need to scale up vaccination before another wave of the pandemic arrives. We held a meeting with officials of Max Hospital and suggested them that apart from in-house vaccination taken up at the hospital, they can conduct the inoculation drive at centralised locations like a school, mall or community halls,” said Pandey.
“We have also directed that from now onwards, the vaccine stocks will only be given to the government vaccination centres while the private hospitals will have to arrange vaccines on their own,” he added.
According to health department officials, Max Hospital is one of the two private hospitals which are taking up vaccination for the 18-45 and 45+ age groups, by charging a fee for the vaccine dose administered.
Officials of Max Hospital said they will put in all efforts to meet the target set by the district administration.
“To benefit the residents and safeguard them against Covid-19, we met the district magistrate and discussed ways to scale up the overall vaccination drive. We are currently conducting almost 1,000 vaccination per day, and these are all pre-booked through the CoWIN app. We have requested the district magistrate for approval to organise vaccination drive in RWAs as many Ghaziabad residents are not able to get slots through the app,” Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, senior vice-president (operations) of the hospital, said in a statement.
“We are also looking to explore additional sites like community halls, schools for mass vaccination where residents can walk in and get vaccine shots,” read the statement.
Starting June 1, the vaccination drive for people in the 18-45 age group will be extended to all districts as per directions from the UP government. At present, the vaccination drive for the said group is being undertaken in 23 districts, including Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the latest government order of May 26, the UP government has also issued directions for vaccination at the workplace for judicial officers, media persons, officials of the information department and other government workplace. A maximum of 50 beneficiaries falling in the 18-45 age group can be inoculated per day at the workplaces by facilitating on-the-spot registration. The government has also directed that 50 slots for inoculation also be reserved for people in the 45+ age group at workplaces.
The UP government has also directed that vaccine centres be opened for parents having one or more children above the age of 12 years.
“Currently, we have 45 government centres conducting 85 sessions per day. Last week, we vaccinated around 10,000 beneficiaries on average. This week, we scaled it up to an average of about 15000-16000 per day as vaccine stock was available,” said an officer from district health department, who wished not to be identified.
“Now, we have to start eight workplace centres for government teachers, postal staff and two other centres for parents of children below 12 years of age. One of the two centres will be at a private school at Meerut Road while the other one will be at Kailash Mansarowar Bhawan at Indirapuram,” said the officer.