Lockdowns, curfews should not affect Covid vaccination drive: Centre to States

at 7:34 pm
Representational/file image

With restrictions returning to many parts of the country to check the spread of coronavirus, the Central government has written to States and Union Territories to ensure that movement restriction imposed by them should not impact the vaccination drive.

“In view of rising COVID-19 cases across many states and union territories, various measures are being undertaken to control the spread of COVID-19 which also include COVID-19 curfews and partial or complete lockdown in some states or districts for variable periods. Similarly, for management of COVID-19 cases, certain hospitals are being earmarked as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals for management of only COVID-19 cases,” a government statement read.

“In this regard, it is advised that COVID-19 vaccination services should not be affected by COVID-19 curfews or lockdowns and the movement of beneficiaries to and from COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) should not be restricted during such interventions,” the statement further read.

The government also said that vaccination services should be provided in a separate building or block in hospitals that are distinctly separated from the building block where management of Covid-19 patients is being done.

India today reported its highest-ever single-day spike of Covid-19 cases with over 2.61 lakh new cases and 1,501 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.