The Telangana government is preparing to launch vaccinations against Govt-19 from Sankaranti in mid-January. The first dose of the vaccine will reach 80 lakh people in 8-10 days in target groups and the second dose in four weeks, Telangana Public Health Director G. Seenivas said. Arrangements for vaccination of all targeted and vulnerable groups in the state are in full swing.
So far, the DCGI has not given formal emergency use approval for any vaccine, but Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s Kovacsin and India’s Serum Institute of Cow Shield are said to be the most suitable for Indian conditions.
Although Pfizer has started distributing its vaccine in the United States, health officials in India consider it very difficult to handle because it requires cold chain maintenance at minus 70 degrees Celsius, which can be technically and logically difficult. Also, it can be expensive.
The planning, training and strategy for releasing the vaccine are being finalized and will be ready with the manpower and infrastructure by the end of December. The targeted population will be included in 8-10 days, the health official said.
Telangana is expected to get 1.6 crore doses of the vaccine for 80 lakh people. The target population includes 3 lakh doctors, nurses, ward boys and technicians in public and private sector hospitals.
The second group includes leading workers, including 1 lakh police personnel, health workers and security personnel. The third type is people over the age of 50, 18 percent of the population, and the fourth, people under the age of 50 with comorbidities, which make up 2-3 percent of the population.
Officials are focusing on improving infrastructure to increase storage capacity. More than 10 new regional vaccine source centers with a capacity of 1 crore doses will store Covit-19 vaccines exclusively. The central storage facility also adds capacity for 2 crore units. New cold chain vans have been built to carry the vaccine to each district.
The state and country have trained staff to administer the vaccine, having carried out mammoth vaccination drivers in the past.