The central government – which will begin the second phase of immunization in mid-March – will prioritize people aged sixty and over and those with longer-lasting comorbidities, Dr Suneeta Garg, Indian Council advisor for medical research (ICMR), told NDTV. She said there will be segregation based on multiple criteria in the target group of 27 million people and each subgroup will have separate inoculation schedules. She also said the private sector will play a major role in the campaign.
“For the general population we will have to prioritize – we will start with people aged 60 and over, then those aged 50 and over. At the same time, we will also vaccinate people with comorbidities. We will also isolate them. .based on the duration of noncommunicable diseases – those with chronic diseases will be given priority, ”she said.
Ms Garg, who is also part of the Lancet Commission’s Covid-19 India task force, said people with co-morbidities such as “diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases “will also have priority over people with other diseases.
Asked if each subgroup will have separate deadlines for vaccination, she said: “These schedules are critical because unless we have them in place, general human behavior is that we will go last. day. As happened with health workers, frontline workers ”.
Explaining how people with co-morbidities will be isolated for vaccinations, she said: “If I am co-morbid and want to be vaccinated, the certificate will state how long I have been diabetic or hypertensive or if I have been hypertensive controlled or hypertensive. not controlled. Between two hypertensive people, the one who has been hypertensive for longer will have priority “.
Who will pay for the vaccines? Mr Garg said discussions on the controversial topic were ongoing. “It is under consideration. Some states have said they will provide vaccines for free. Health is a state matter. But if the private sector is also involved, payments will have to be made. But another must be kept. thing in mind is that a large number of people live below the poverty line – the government takes this into account as well. “
She said segregation of the target group will not hamper the progress of the campaign as a large number of vaccination points will be set up.
“The private sector will have a very important role to play if we are to get to the last mile – that means around 29,000 cold chain points and more. We will create around double the vaccination points… there would be 40 to 50 percent of private sector vaccination points, “she added.
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