Govt OKs 24x7 Covid Vaccination At Hospitals
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Looking to step up the pace of vaccination against Covid, the government allowed round-the-clock vaccinations at hospitals with surplus capacity and resources, enabling people to schedule their appointments along with better crowd management, health minister Harsh Vardhan said.

A little over 6.9 lakh doses were administered till 7 pm on the third day of the second phase of vaccinations. Vaccines are being extended to people above 60 and between 45-60 years with specified co-morbidities. “The government has lifted the time restriction to increase the speed of vaccination. People can now get vaccinated 24x7 according to their convenience. PM Narendra Modi understands the value of health as well as the time of citizens,” Vardhan tweeted.

The extension of vaccination timings will, however, depend on hospitals and their capacity and decisions taken by states. In swift redress of teething issues like over-crowding, unavailability of vacancies at private hospitals or non-scheduling of appointments and delay in receiving OTPs, the government took a series of measures including allowing all private hospitals with adequate facilities to join the vaccination drive.

Initially, only those private hospitals that were empanelled under Ayushman Bharat, CGHS and state health insurance schemes were involved for Covid vaccination. The government also relaxed the 9 am to 5 pm slot for sessions and instead allowed hospitals to organise sessions beyond 5 pm with flexibility on the Co-Win platform to facilitate the same.

Hospitals with largescale infrastructure and trained resources can organise multiple sessions spread out throughout the day. Officials said the number of sessions was likely to increase significantly by the end of this week as empanelled hospitals prepare themselves better and more hospitals join the programme.

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https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/govt-oks-24x7-covid-vaccination-at-hosps/81321818
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