A total of 93,000 doses of Covishield vaccine have reached centres across Himachal Pradesh ahead of the first day of Covid vaccination on Saturday, health officials said. Forty-six sites have been selected to administer the vaccine, and the first beneficiaries will include safai karamcharis, ambulance staff, ASHA workers, blood bank staff, ward persons, medical officers, nurses, radiographers and various other health workers of the state and central governments and the armed forces.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that a state-level steering committee and task forces at the state, district and block levels will monitor the vaccination drive. “A state vaccination store has been set up at Shimla, regional vaccine stores at Mandi and Dharamshala, and district vaccine stores in all the 12 districts. Additionally, 371 stores have been set up in medical colleges, community health centres, primary health centres and health facilities at the block level,” he said.
The CM said that tentative vaccine allocation will be calculated for each launch site with an additional 10 percent to allow for wastage. “A vial once opened will be used within four hours, and the second dose for the beneficiaries will be secured during the current allocation. The state has received a sufficient quantity of Auto-Disable (AD) syringes which have been distributed to the districts. An additional stock of 0.5 millilitre AD syringes has also been stored at the state and regional vaccine stores,” said Thakur.
He added that three phases of a dry run for the vaccination have already been conducted in the state this month.