Ensure Strict Adherence To Covid-19 Vaccination Operational Guideline: Health Dept

Bhubaneswar: The Health & Family Welfare Department today issued a letter to all Collectors, Commissioners of Municipal Corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur and CDM & PHOs to ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 Vaccination Operational Guideline issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India for National Covid Vaccination Programme.

It has come to the notice of MoHFW that some private hospitals are offering a package for Covid vaccination in collaboration with some hotels.

Vaccination in hotels is against the guideline issued by MoHFW for the National COVID Vaccination programme.

The letter issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra reads that as per Covid-19 vaccination guideline, the following are the four options for carrying out Covid Vaccination:

  1. Government Covid vaccination centre
  2. Private Covid vaccination centre run by Private hospitals
  3. Workplace Covid vaccination centre at Government offices to be run by Government Hospitals and at private companies to be run by private hospitals.
  4. Near to Home Covid vaccination centre for the elderly, differently-abled person to be organized at group housing societies, RWA offices, community centres, Panchayat Bhawan, schools/colleges, old age homes etc. on a temporary basis.

Apart from the aforementioned four options for carrying out Covid vaccination, there are no other avenues to carry out vaccination under National Covid Vaccination Programme, the letter clarified.

Quoting MoHFW, the letter states that if any such vaccination is being carried out in hotels it must be stopped immediately and necessary legal and administrative action must be initiated against such institutions.

Concerned officials have been asked in the letter to take appropriate action for any deviation of the guideline issued for the National Vaccination Programme in their respective districts/Corporations.