A total of 243 centres have been prepared for the launch of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive across the state on January 16, including 10 centres in Bengaluru, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said on Friday.
The Minister today held a video conference with Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchayat CEOs and district health officers regarding the vaccination drive.
Covishield vaccine will be distributed in 237 centres and covaxin in six centres— Bellary, Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Chamarajnagar and Davanegere, Sudhakar was quoted as saying by his office in a release.
Noting that Bengaluru Medical College was one of the sites where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the vaccination drive on Saturday, he said, another nine centres have been prepared in the state capital for the vaccination.
ನಾಳೆಯಿಂದ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಕೊರೊನಾ ಲಸಿಕೆ ವಿತರಣೆ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಲಿರುವ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು ಎಲ್ಲ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಬಿಬಿಎಂಪಿ ಆಯುಕ್ತರೊಂದಿಗೆ ವಿಡಿಯೋ ಸಂವಾದ ನಡೆಸಲಾಯಿತು.(1/2)#LargestVaccineDrive pic.twitter.com/d55G4ZfkgX— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 15, 2021
Some private hospitals like St Johns Medical college have also been included.
According to the Health Minister, 7,17,439 health warriors will be vaccinated in the initial phase.
“…we are aiming to vaccinate 24,300 people on the first day itself.We have 8,14,500 doses of vaccine and the initial phase is expected to complete within a week,” he said.
Politicians would have been given the vaccine in the first phase, but health workers at the forefront in the fight against Corona will be given priority, the minister said.
ಅಪರ ಮುಖ್ಯಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ಜಾವೇದ್ ಅಕ್ತರ್, ವೈದ್ಯಕೀಯ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ಅನಿಲ್ ಕುಮಾರ್, ಆಯುಕ್ತ ಪಂಕಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಪಾಂಡೆ, ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಮಿಷನ್ (NHM) ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕಿ ಡಾ.ಅರುಂಧತಿ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಇತರೆ ಹಿರಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು. (2/2)#LargestVaccineDrive pic.twitter.com/l7y444m73Z— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 15, 2021
Pointing out that there will be emergency medical service available at the site of vaccination if any side effects occur to anybody, Sudhakar claimed people were being misled by rumours spreading in social media.
“Only information provided in official government handles are authenticated.” Health warriors, police staff and ”pourakarmikas” have been registered in the first phase, he said, He requested people to take the vaccine without any fear as it was completely safe.
Ten walk-in coolers, 4 walk-in freezers, 3,210 ice lined regrigerators, 3,312 cold boxes, 46,591 vaccine carriers and 2,25,749 ice packs were available for storing and transporting vaccines, he added. PTI