ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS Karnataka is likely to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in two days. As many as 13.9 lakh doses of COVID-19 (Covishield) vaccine are likely to land in Karnataka on January 11, said Health and Medical Education minister Dr K. Sudhakar on Friday in Bengaluru.
The minister, who thanked Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan, expressed confidence that the state was well-prepared to manage the vaccination drive even as the Centre implements its massive vaccine roll-out plan.
The vaccine will be administered to healthcare professionals in the state on priority. However, one must register on a dedicated portal and can avail the vaccine only if you qualify as belonging to the high risk group. CoWIN - Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network, is a digital platform to facilitate the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive and it helps track and monitor beneficiaries across the country. Registration on the app has been made is mandatory to get the vaccination.
"Around 6.30 lakh health workers have registered themselves in the state. I urge the teaching staff of all the medical colleges to register themselves. As per the central guidelines, vaccines will be administered on priority to people with co-morbidities and those aged above 60 years, followed by other frontline workers in the police, panchayat raj, revenue and education departments.
After the first COVID-19 vaccination dry run (mock drill) held across five districts on January 2, a second dry run is being conducted across 263 sites on Friday, covering 24 districts.
Sudhakar, who inspected the government and private healthcare facility for their preparedness to handle the mass vaccination drive, told the dry runs to prepare the state to manage COVID-19 vaccine supply, cold storage and logistics, have been successful.
It may be recalled that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had, on January 3, approved Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country. The Union Health Ministry is carrying out dry runs across the country before the massive vaccination drive is launched