Karnataka Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar said that Healthcare warriors, including Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics would be the first to get vaccinated for Covid immunity when introduced.
“Healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff in state-run and private hospitals will be the first beneficiaries of the vaccine when released by the central government,” the Minister said in a statement here on Saturday.
The Central government is preparing to introduce a proven vaccine across the country after its approval by its Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
“We are collecting data of healthcare workers as per guidelines and standard operating procedures of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry,” Dr Sudhakar, who is in charge of containing the pandemic in the State.
Noting that the Union government would announce the launch date of the vaccine after its production was commenced, Dr Sudhakar said other priority groups, including senior citizens and people with co-morbidities, would be vaccinated in a phased manner after the healthcare warriors.
“The state government will use the cold chain system of routine immunisation under universal immunization programme (UIP) for storing the vaccine when made available to the state by the Centre,” noted Dr Sudhakar.
The cold chain facility for storing the vaccine will be made available in all the 30 districts across the southern state.
The healthcare warriors across the state also include ANMs (auxiliary nurse-midwives), ASHAs (accredited social health activists), Anganwadi workers, medical officers, scientists and research staff and all those working in the healthcare sector.
“The state is undertaking IEC (Information, Education Communication) activities through various for a to reach all the health facilities in government and private for timely data collection,” he added. (Agency)