Bengaluru can store 25 lakh vaccines


With the countdown beginning for the vaccine rollout, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) says that it has storage capacity for 25 lakh vaccines. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told Bangalore Mirror, “We have kept our facilities ready so we can begin the inoculation process whenever we receive an approval.” The BBMP has around 330 refrigeration facilities including deep freezers. Around 50,000 vaccines can be stored in each Ice Lined Refrigerator (ILR). The vaccines which arrive from the Centre will be first stored at Dasappa hospital and from there they will be distributed to the respective health centres which have been identified for inoculation.

A total of 1,67,937 (1,46,019 from 4,300 private facilities and 21,918 from 292 government facilities) frontline workers have been identified for inoculation in the first phase in Bengaluru. In the private hospital sector, West zone has the maximum number of beneficiaries — 32,760 — followed by South zone (26,542), East (25,556), Mahadevapura (17,747), RR Nagar (15,902), Yelahanka (12,275), Dasarahalli (8,201) and Bommanahalli (7,126). In case of government hospitals, the beneficiaries are maximum in South zone (8,337), West (5,521), East (4,137), Bommanahalli (1,912), Yelahanka (952), Mahadevapura (762), RR Nagar (714) and Dasarahalli (466).

“We are conducting vaccination dry run at 263 places on January 8. Earlier it was planned at 3 locations in each district, but we have prepared to conduct at 7 locations in each district. This dry run will be held at 24 district hospitals, 20 medical colleges, 43 taluk hospitals, 31 community health centres, 87 primary health centres, 30 urban primary health care centres and 28 private health centres across the state,”

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Dr Sudhakar, Health Minister



Co-Win app is not out yet


Meanwhile, many people in Bengaluru, like the rest of India, have been trying to download ‘fake’ Co-Win apps. Co-Win or covid-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network is an app which is still being developed by the government of India that enables people to register for the vaccination. In its earlier version, when it was being developed by the MoHFW and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it was called eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network.)

With news of the vaccine rollout happening shortly, many unscrupulous elements have created fake apps and they’re available in app stores. The MoHFW issued a warning to people not to download such apps which request for sensitive information like Aadhaar card numbers and identity proofs.

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Google PlayStore shows three apps with the name Co-Win, each with 10,000+ downloads. One app’s description says “Designed to help Indian citizens.” The comments section says that many have tried to register on this app, but could not.

This is because the government is yet to launch the official Co-Win app. It is likely to happen next week.

761 new cases in K’taka

Karnataka has reported 761 new cases of covid and seven fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,24,898 and the death toll to 12,131, the Health department

said on Thursday. The day also saw 812 patients getting discharged.



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Sagar Biswas

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