The government has recommended that Covid vaccination centres be set up closer home for those aged over 60 and differently-abled citizens following a community-based, flexible and people-centric approach.
Vaccination sessions could be organised at community centres, resident welfare association centres, panchayat ghar, school buildings or old age homes, among others. Once identified and verified for meeting central vaccination centre (CVC) criteria, all such sites will be registered on the CoWIN portal as near-to-home centres and linked to existing CVCs.
The ministry said the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended the proposal by a Technical Expert Committee of the Union Ministry on the guidelines for NHCVC for elderly and differently-abled citizens. These recommendations have also been accepted by the Union Ministry of Health.
"The NHCVC for elderly and differently-abled citizens would follow a community-based, flexible and people-centric approach, bringing the COVID Vaccination centres nearer to homes," the ministry said.
The Technical Expert Committee’s recommendations are aimed at ensuring vaccination of senior citizens and differently abled population having limited mobility due to their physical condition, the ministry said. IT said the recommendations are in response to the need to increase access by bringing vaccination services closer to the community while maintaining all necessary precautions and safety measures in accordance with the operational guidelines and advisories issued from time to time.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 28/05/2021