Centre prioritises vaccine for healthcare workers
The guidelines suggested by the Central ministry states that all healthcare workers, including those from private facilities, will be prioritisedUpdated: Oct 20, 2020, 17:07 IST
The Central health ministry has asked states to prepare a list of healthcare workers from all districts in order to prioritise them for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The list will be prepared by district collectors who have been appointed as nodal officers for the task.
The Central ministry earlier said that healthcare workers to be prioritised for vaccination will include front-line workers, nurses, paramedical staff and also clerical staff.
The guidelines suggested by the Central ministry states that all healthcare workers, including those from private facilities, will be prioritised.
The letter from the ministry to the state health secretaries states: “The database from the facilities should be uploaded on Covid-19 Vaccination Beneficiary Management System (CVBMS). The database must be uploaded on the system before the end of the month.”
The letter includes various healthcare providers and those working in both private and public healthcare facilities, including frontline health workers - auxiliary nurses, midwives, multi-purpose health workers (male and female), Asha supervisors/ facilitators, nurses and supervisors, staff nurses, public health nurse, LHV, CHO, health supervisors, block extension educators, medical officers, Ayush doctors, dentist, paramedical staff, all technicians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers, other paramedical staff, scientist and research staff, medical, dentist, Ayush students, nursing and paramedical students working in the facility.
It also includes class four workers like ward boys, support staff, sanitation workers, ambulance drivers, security staff, outsource agency staff and other support staff, clerical and administrative staff- data entry operators, engineers, clerical staff in the hospital.
Dr Subhash Salunkhe, epidemiologist and chairman, state technical committee on communicable diseases, who heads the committee said, “We have the data for the government staff readily available with us and we will get the data from private hospitals once they send it. We are yet to begin the process, but the machinery is set in motion. Also, there is no clarity on it yet as to whether there would be any further bifurcation within healthcare workers, with regards to vulnerable age groups, or those with comorbidities.”