14 lakh more to get vaccine in Phase 1 in Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Authorities in the state have begun the process of collecting data on Covid-19 front line workers – largely police and revenue and urban development staffers – who will be covered under Phase 1 of the vaccination programme. Health and family welfare department estimates put the number of front line workers at between 13 and 14 lakh.
About 30 crore people across the country will be vaccinated against Covid under Phase 1 of the programme. While healthcare workers are currently being inoculated, front line workers will be covered in the next stage.
These workers include personnel from state and central police departments, armed forces, home guards, prison staff, disaster management volunteers and civil defence personnel, municipal workers and revenue officials engaged in Covid-19 containment, surveillance and associated activities.
“In Karnataka, the process of collecting data on front line workers has begun. It is likely that 13-14 lakh frontline workers in the state would be considered for vaccination,” said health commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.
However, as of now, teachers, who are also exposed to Covid-19, are not yet part of the immunisation drive. “The state government has made a request to the central government to include teachers in the front line-workers category,” Pandey told TOI.
The modalities of where to set up sites to vaccinate this group is also being worked out. “The drive to vaccinate healthcare workers will be a learning experience,” said an official in the health department. “We may have to extend the drive to front line workers in colleges located close to hospitals. Temporary vaccination sites can be set up in these colleges as there will be emergency medical care at hand to handle any adverse effect following immunisation.”
The per-day coverage of 100 people at a vaccination site will continue, while vaccination will be optional. “Those who are willing to get the vaccine can take it. Nobody will be forced,” officials said.
The third category to be inoculated against Covid-19 in Phase I are people above the age of 50 years and those under-50 with comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cancer and lung diseases, as listed by the operational guidelines by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The state has not received guidelines on how to go about collecting data collection for this category of people.

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