City to get 21000 doses of Covid vaccine within 2 days

Naina Mishra

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 8

Ahead of the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine, Chandigarh is going to receive 21,000 doses in the next two days, according to a communication received from the Central Government.

List of 8,350 health workers prepared

A list of around 8,350 health workers has been prepared and updated on the CoWIN portal who will receive the vaccine in the first phase. The vaccine will be administered at nine sites across the city, including two sites each at the GMSH-16 and GMCH-32, the civil hospitals of Sectors 45, 22 and Mani Majra, and the Sector 49 civil dispensary of the PGI. The UT has also received the first lot of around 1.5 lakh syringes from the Centre.

Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, UT Health Department, said the rollout day had not been officially communicated yet but they had been informed by the Centre that around 21,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine would arrive in Chandigarh in the next two days. However, it is not clear as to which, out of the two vaccines, will arrive.

A list of around 8,350 health workers has been prepared and updated on the CoWIN portal who will receive the vaccine in the first phase. The vaccine will be administered at nine sites across the city, including two sites each at GMSH-16, GMCH-32, the civil hospitals of 45, 22 and Mani Majra, and the Sector 49 civil dispensary of the PGI. The UT has also received the first lot of around 1.5 lakh syringes from the Centre.

Second dry run conducted

The second dry run for the vaccination programme was conducted at two sites, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Civil Hospital in Sector 45, today. The time slot for the activity was from 10 am to 12 noon. Around 25 beneficiaries each reached the identified sites on time and were verified to make an entry on the CoWIN portal. A mock vaccination was done and confirmation message for vaccination successfully received by the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries were made to wait under observation for 30 minutes and finally sent home after giving the number on which he/she could contact in case of any problem.

A mock drill for reporting side effects following vaccination was also carried out. The provision to stagger the arrival time of the beneficiaries was also made.

Meanwhile, the PGI also conducted a dry run at the health and wellness centre (HWC), Sector 49.

According to a statement issued by the PGI, minor side effects like pain at injection mark and fever may occur after vaccination. An ambulance will be available to shift the patient in case of major side effects. The beneficiaries can contact the helpline no. 1075 regarding any adverse event or information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine.

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