Govt allows vaccination at public, pvt workplaces with 100 beneficiaries

NEW DELHI, Apr 7: The Government will allow COVID-19 vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11 across States and Union Territories.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a letter to the Chief Secretaries said a substantial proportion of the population aged 45 years and above is in the organised sector of the economy and is involved in formal occupation in offices (Government and private) or manufacturing and services.
“In order to increase the access of vaccine to these populations, COVID-19 vaccination sessions may be organised at work places (both public & private) which are having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries by tagging these work places with an existing COVID vaccination centre,” Bhushan said in the letter.
He said the States can initiate due consultations with private/public sector employers and management to prepare for launch of workplace vaccination.
“Such work place vaccination centres may be launched across States/Union Territories from April 11, 2021,” he said.
The Centre has asked States and Union Territories to make adequate preparations and issued guidelines in this regard.
According to the guidelines, only employees aged 45 years or more will be eligible for vaccination at work place and no outsiders including eligible family members will be allowed for vaccination.
One of the senior staff of the organisation will be assigned to work as nodal officer to coordinate with district health authorities/ private COVID vaccination centres (CVCs) and support vaccination activities.
The beneficiaries will be required to register in Co-WIN portal prior to vaccination and CVC nodal officer will ensure registration of all targeted beneficiaries and facility of on-the-spot registration will also be available but only to employees of the workplace, the guidelines said.
For optimal utilisation of resources, vaccination sessions will be planned at workplace CVC once at least 50 beneficiaries get registered for vaccination.
“The schedule of vaccination sessions can be made up to 15 days in advance and intimated to the workplaces so that maximum attendance is ensured on the day of vaccination. In most of the workplaces vaccination schedules may, however, be completed in less than 15 days,” the Centre told States and Union Territories in the guidelines.
The District Task Force chaired by District Magistrate and Urban Task Force chaired by Municipal Commissioner will identify such Government and private workplaces after due deliberations with relevant employers.
Every CVC in a Government workplace will be tagged to an existing and nearest CVC in the Government medical facility while every CVC in a private workplace will be tagged to an existing and nearest CVC in the private medical facility.
The designated Government and private CVC to whom the workplace CVC has been tagged will be responsible for deployment of the vaccination team at workplace CVCs.
All Government and private CVCs are already linked to some cold chain points for receiving vaccines.
“These CVCs will continue to use the same mechanism to receive the vaccine needed for vaccination at tagged workplace CVC,” the guidelines said.
The healthcare workers of this health infrastructure of the workplace CVCs (such as doctors, nurses and other staff) may be deployed for the COVID-19 vaccination activities at workplaces as vaccination team members, it said.
The workplace CVCs staff engaged in COVID-19 vaccination activities will follow the same SOPs for vaccination and reporting including management and reporting of adverse events following immunisation. (PTI)

Highest daily surge: 1.15 lakh new cases
The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,28,01,785, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated today.
The single-day rise in coronavirus cases breached the 1-lakh mark for the second time in three days.
A total of 1,15,736 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,66,177 with 630 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Registering a steady increase for the 28th day in row, the active cases have increased to 8,43,473 comprising 6.59 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 92.11 per cent, the data stated.
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 on February 12 comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,17,92,135, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.30 per cent, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past  60 lakh on September 28,  70 lakh on  October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the ICMR, 25,14,39,598 samples have been tested up to April 6 with 12,08, 339 samples being tested yestereday.
The 630 new fatalities include 297 from Maharashtra, 61 from Punjab, 53 from Chhattisgarh, 39 from Karnataka, 30 from Uttar Pradesh, 18 from Madhya Pradesh, 17 each from Delhi and Gujarat, 15 from Tamil Nadu, 14 from Kerala, 13 from Rajasthan.
A total of 1,66,177 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 56,330 from Maharashtra, 12,804 from Tamil Nadu, 12,696 from Karnataka, 11,113 from Delhi, 10,355 from West Bengal, 8,924 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,251 from Andhra Pradesh and 7,216 from Punjab. (PTI)