In order to increase the coverage of COVID19 vaccination among pregnant and breastfeeding women, the Delhi government issued an order on Monday requiring them to report beatings at the health center locations that are regularly inspected on designated days each week. The vaccination campaign against COVID19 began on January 16 this year. However, about a month ago, pregnant women were eligible for the vaccine.
“In order to increase the coverage of vulnerable groups of pregnant and breastfeeding women, their COVID19 vaccine can be vaccinated at the locations of medical institutions where they receive regular ANC/PNC checkups, on designated days this week,” read Delhi Health Department Command issued. ANC refers to the antenatal care that a pregnant woman needs, while PNC is the post-natal care that a woman needs after she becomes a mother.
“Medical personnel and vaccinators have turned up at health facilities along with vaccines because these centers also serve as points in the cold chain,” the order reads. Vaccination must be done by walking through the CoWIN portal. Vaccinator training should ensure that these meetings are held at CoWIN. The health department stated in its order that every effort should be made to minimize vaccine waste.
The CDMOs (chief district medical officers) and DIOs (district informatics officers) are instructed to issue necessary instructions to the concerned in this regard for immediate operationalisation, it added. The Delhi government has so far monitored 1,06,90,855 Covid antibodies in the city, which includes 77,50,023 first doses and 29,40,832 second doses, according to the latest immunization bulletin issued on Monday.
The city has seven-day vaccine stock as on Monday morning, which comprises 3,55,820 Covaxin shots and 4,30,350 Covieshield jabs. The Delhi health department has told the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) that it needs another year to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries aged above 18 in the national capital at “the present rate of COVID-19 vaccine supply”.
At a DDMA meeting chaired on Friday, officials of the department gave a presentation on the city government’s readiness for a possible third wave of coronavirus and the status of COVID-19 vaccination.