Vaccination of Frontline Workers will be started soon. With an aim to speed up the vaccination drive against COVID-19 the Centre has asked all states and Union Territories to start inoculating frontline workers simultaneously with the health workforce from the first week of February.
“The required doses of both types of vaccines (i.e. Covishield and Covaxin) have been allocated and further augmentation will be made through subsequent release,” additional health secretary Manohar Agnani said in a letter to states and UTs on Friday.
The government has estimated around three crore health and frontline workers both in the public and private sector who will receive the vaccines in the first round that is likely to be completed by April.
So far, over 94 lakh healthcare and 61 lakh frontline workers have been registered on the Co-WIN platform.
More than 33.7 lakh health workers have already received the first dose of the vaccine in the last two weeks since the launch of the drive on January 16. Ten states account for over 72% of the nearly 30 lakh people vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. UP now accounts for the highest share of 12.6% in the total vaccination, followed by Karnataka at around 9%.
Over 4.4 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated through 10,061 sessions till late evening on Friday. The government is expecting that initiating vaccination of frontline workers simultaneously will accelerate the drive.
“States/UTs should ensure that sessions must be created for both types of vaccines in proportion to the release of vaccines to the site, wherever applicable,” the ministry letter said.