Centre to allow COVID vaccination at work places from April 11

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New Delhi (NVI): The government will allow COVID-19 vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11 across the country.

In a letter to all states and Union Territories, the health ministry said a substantial proportion of the of whom are in the organised sector of the economy and is involved in formal occupation in offices (government and private) or manufacturing and services.

The ministry said that states can initiate due consultations with private or public sector employers and management to prepare for launch of workplace vaccination.

According to the guidelines, only employees of work place aged 45 years or more will be eligible for vaccination at work place, no outsiders including eligible family members will be allowed for vaccination at “CVC at Work Place”.

“The designated government and private CVC to whom the Work Place CVC has been tagged will be responsible for deployment of vaccination team at Work Place CVCs,” the ministry said.

The guidelines also said that the beneficiaries will have to register their selves in Co-WIN portal prior to vaccination and CVC nodal officer will ensure registration of all targeted beneficiaries.

“Facility of on-the-spot registration will also be available but only to employees of the workplace,” the guidelines further added.

According to the guidelines, the schedule of vaccination session can be made up to 15 days in advance and intimated to the work places so that maximum attendance is ensured on the day of vaccination.

In most of the work places vaccination schedule may, however, be completed in less than 15 days.

All government and private CVCs are already linked to some cold chain points for receiving vaccines.

The workplace CVCs staff engaged in COVID-19 vaccination activities will follow the same SOPs for vaccination and reporting including management and reporting of adverse events following immunisation.