Govt Allows Workplace Covid-19 Vaccination From April 11
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The Union health ministry has allowed workplaces in both the public and private sector to organise vaccination sessions for their employees from April 11, in an effort to ramp up the exercise amid rising infections. However, only employees aged 45 years and above can get vaccinated, and outsiders, including eligible family members, can’t be vaccinated at such sessions at workplaces.

The move is aimed at making the vaccination drive more citizen-centric as a substantial proportion of the population aged 45 years and above are working in the organised sector of the economy. The health ministry has also issued guidelines to support states/UTs to help organise these sessions.

Covid-19 sessions may be organised at workplaces which have about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries, by tagging these workplaces with an existing covid vaccination center,” Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to all states and UTs.

The sessions will still require beneficiaries to register on the Co-Win portal prior to vaccination, and the workplace management will designate one of its senior staff members to be the nodal officer for coordinating with district health authorities or private Covid vaccination centers (CVCs) and support vaccination activities.

Facility for onsite registration will also be available, but only to employees of the workplace. The schedule of the vaccination session can be made up 15 days in advance and intimated to the workplace so that maximum attendance is ensured on the day of the vaccination. "The workplace CVCs staff engaged in Covid-19 vaccination will follow existing SOPs," it said.