Barely 24 hours after it announced it was halting the prevailing system of Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered in primary healthcare centers and government hospitals, the government said it is looking to decentralize the drive by opening up smaller session sites in schools and colleges.
BENGALURU NEWS: Barely 24 hours after it announced it was halting the prevailing system of Covid-19 vaccine doses being administered in primary healthcare centers and government hospitals, the government said it is looking to decentralize the drive by opening up smaller session sites in schools and colleges.
While picking government schools and colleges for the purpose, the state said it could also take the assistance of private schools and colleges to ensure people are vaccinated without hassles. The drive is likely to resume next week in schools and colleges.
The government had decided to move the vaccination drive out of PHCs and government hospitals due to lack of space leading to overcrowding. Also, since tests for Covid-19 and treatment of patients are also held in the same premises, the fear that the virus would spread from patients to those seeking the vaccine was an important factor in the decision. At present, the government has closed all schools and colleges until further notice due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Elaborating on their plans, deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan said the state, in the first phase, will use government schools and colleges and will later expand the drive to open spaces like playgrounds and parks.
“With the supply of vaccines being limited, smaller areas like schools and colleges will be ideal,” Narayan said. “We will prepare a list of government schools and colleges in every ward and gram panchayat where doses will be administered.
Once supply increases, we will then go for mass vaccinations in open grounds and parks.”
Narayan, who is also chairman of the Covid-19 task force, said in places where there are no government institutions, private schools and colleges will be roped in. “Our aim is to decentralize the vaccination process and have smaller vaccination points rather than one location where overcrowding would be a concern,” said Narayan.
Sources say the government will issue necessary orders, with a specific number of slots per school or college, in the next day or two.