In a bid to increase the pace of immunisation drive amid the Covid-19 surge, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday has launched Covid-19 vaccination for employees at their workplaces, both private and government, starting from April 11.
The health ministry has directed all States and Union territories to organise Covid-19 inoculation sessions at workplaces having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries. Organising vaccination at offices will not only be convenient to the staff at workplaces but also help to avoid travel and hence reducing the risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus, the ministry said in a statement.
Who is eligible for the vaccine?
Amid a huge demand to allow vaccine accessibility to all adults, the health ministry had written to the Chief Secretary, saying that efforts have been to consistently make the vaccination drive more pragmatic and also more acceptable and purposeful to the beneficiaries with the help of state and union territories. On similar lines, vaccination drives be conducted at workplaces for employees who are aged 45 years and above, said the ministry in the letter.
No outsiders including employees’ family members will be allowed for inoculation at Covid Vaccination Center(CVC) at workplaces. The employees who wish to take the shot must be registered in CoWin portal prior to vaccination. The government has directed CVC Nodal officer to ensure the registration of all targeted beneficiaries and provide a facility for on-spot registration only to employees of the workplace.
How will the vaccination process roll out?
All government and private workplaces will be identified for conducting the vaccination sessions by the District Task Force and Urban Task Force chaired by District Magistrate and Municipal Commissioner respectively. Once identified, all such government and private offices will be tagged as CVC at workplaces and will be registered in the CoWin portal.
Following which the management team of the workplace will assign one of their senior staff as a nodal officer to coordinate with district health authorities or private Covid Vaccination Centres and support vaccination activities. The officer will facilitate registration of beneficiaries, availability of physical and IT infrastructure, and oversight to vaccination process, according to the health ministry.
Which vaccines will be administered?
As the Centre has already clarified that only one type of vaccine will be administered in the first and second dose of a beneficiary, similarly the employees who have taken the first dose of one type of vaccine shall be given the second dose of the same vaccine at the workplace. If an employee has been administered the first dose of the second type of vaccine, he or she shall not be vaccinated n in the CVC at the workplace. However, those who have taken a shot of the same vaccine as the first dose may be provided a second dose at the Work Place CVC, the health ministry said.
How much Covid-19 vaccine will cost?
The Covid-19 vaccination at government offices conducted by the district health authorities will be provided free of cost while at the private CVC, the vaccines will be on payment basis of rate same as at a private health facility.
At private CVC, the vaccine cost is fixed at cost of Rs 150 per person per dose which is subjected to the maximum service charge of Rs 100per person per dose. Hence the total amount recoverable by private health facilities is Rs 250 per person per dose, according to the health ministry.