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No shortage of vaccines with states: NHA CEO
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday assured that there is no problem in the storage and logistics of vaccines and it will continually replenish states' supplies.

Dr R S Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) and Chairperson, Empowered Group on COVID Vaccination, re-emphasised the point that there is no value in conserving vaccines for the second dose and that States must promptly supply vaccines to all government and private hospitals where there is a demand, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

He made the remarks chairing a high-level meeting along with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan via video-conference with Health Secretaries, State Mission Directors of NHM and State Immunization officers of all States and UTs to review the status, pace and issues regarding COVID vaccination across the country as well as the preparations for April 2021 when vaccination would be extended to all persons above the age of 45.

The meeting was themed at identification of low vaccine coverage pockets particularly in districts showing COVID surge and for taking corrective actions there.

Regarding the vaccination coverage of Health Care Workers (HCW)s & Front Line Workers (FLW)s, the states and union territories were advised to ensure that only eligible beneficiaries are registered and vaccinated under category of HCW and FLW, archive incorrect/duplicate entries on CoWIN platform, identify pockets of low vaccination coverage – health facility/professional association/blocks, districts etc, for taking corrective action.

In relation to the involvement of Private COVID Vaccination Centres (CVC)s, the States/UTs were asked to

conduct regular reviews of vaccinations at Private CVCs with respect to their capacity utilisation, undertake GIS analysis of CVCs to identify need for additional CVCs within States/UTs, address apprehensions of Private CVCs regarding vaccine supply, guidelines etc proactively.

On the issue of Vaccine Stocks, the States and UTs were advised to ensure that there is no sedimentation of vaccine stocks at any level of storage, distribution based on consumption to avoid overstocking as well as under-stocking at Cold Chain Points and CVCs, regular review of vaccine stocks and consumption is undertaken to identify gap areas and address the same.

The Centre also advised the States and UTs to maintain vaccine wastage at less than 1 per cent (present National Wastage Percentage being 6 per cent), regularly review vaccine wastage across all levels to minimise the same, ensure timely utilisation of available stocks to avoid expiry of vaccines without usage, and timely updating of data of vaccine consumption to be ensured on CoWIN & eVIN portals.

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