New Guidelines for COVID Vaccination- Elderly and Physically Challenged to be vaccinated at Near to Home Vaccination Centre

The Union Ministry of Health has accepted the recommendations made by the National Expert Group for Vaccine Administration for Covid (NEGVAC) for proposed guidelines for Near to Home Vaccination Centres for the Elderly & Differently Abled Citizens.

The Committee’s recommendations are aimed to ensure vaccination of Senior Citizens and the Differently abled whose mobility was limited by their physical condition. These recommendations were made in response to the need to increase vaccination services to the community while maintaining all Covid protocols.

Eligible Population:-

  • All individuals above the age of 60 who have not received a dose.
  • All individuals below the age of 60 who can’t visit due to medical conditions.

Guidelines Include:-

  • A community-based approach to be followed where sessions could be conducted for non-health facility-based settings near home.
  • Based on the eligible population, the task force will decide the Centres location so that maximum people could be served.
  • The NHCVC would be linked to existing CVC for the vaccination purpose, and the in-charge would be responsible for vaccines and logistics.
  • The Centre will collaborate with the Resident Welfare Society and other societies to ramp up the vaccination process.
  • Once verified and identified, the Centres will be registered on the Cowin portal.
  • The task force would be responsible for implantation and planning the vaccination process.
  • Each team at NHCVC will have five members – Team Leader (a Doctor), Vaccinator, Vaccination Officer 1 for Cowin registration and verification of beneficiary, and Vaccination Officer-2 and 3 for the crowd control, assistance to vaccinator, ensuring thirty minutes observation of beneficiaries following vaccination for any AEFI and any other support.

Just to remind our readers, an Intervention Application was filed before the Allahabad High Court in Suo Motu PIL on COVID Management by Adv Rajat Rajan Singh, seeking priority and door to door vaccination for elderly people, on which the Court had directed the Central and State Government to come up with guidelines to inculcate physically challenged and elderly persons in the vaccination programme.

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