The center today assured that they will continue to replenish their supply and called on the states to provide vaccines immediately to all public and private hospitals that have been requested. Dr RS Sharma, CEO of the National Health Authority (NHA), assured that there was no problem in storing and supplying the vaccine.
He reiterated that there is no value in preserving the vaccine for the second dose. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Dr RS Sharma presided over a high-level meeting with the Health Secretaries, NHM State Mission Director and State Immunization Officers via video conference today. They are reviewing the status, speed and issues related to COVID vaccination across the country as well as preparations for April 2021 when vaccination will be increased in all persons over the age of 45 years.
Regarding Covid-19 vaccine stocks, States and Union Territories were advised to ensure:
- There is no deposition of vaccine stock in any level of storage.
- Distribution on a use basis to avoid over-stocking as well as under-stocking at Cool Chain Points and CVD Vaccination Centers (CVCs).
- Vaccine stocks and services are regularly reviewed to identify gaps and address them.
- Maintain vaccine wastes at less than 1% (currently 6% of national waste).
- Similarly, regularly review vaccine waste at all levels to reduce it.
- Ensure timely use of available stocks so that the vaccine does not expire without use.
- Timely updating of vaccine information on Coin and EVIN portals.
- Ensure that only eligible beneficiaries are registered and vaccinated under the HCW and FLW categories.
- Archive the wrong / duplicate entry on the CoWIN platform.
- Identify pockets for short immunization coverage – healthcare / professional associations / blocks, districts, etc. to take corrective action.