Vaccination Strategy of Phase 3

The Prime Minister recently chaired a high-level meeting with the top doctors of the country. After the meeting, it was decided to liberalize and accelerate the phase three strategy of COVID-19 Vaccination programme in the country.

Strategy of Phase 3 of COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

  • Everyone above the age of eighteen years is eligible to get vaccinated.
  • The Union Government has empowered the states to procure additional doses directly from the manufacturers.
  • Under phase III, the healthcare and frontline workers will be prioritised to get second dose of the vaccine.
  • The Government of India is to provide incentives for manufacturers to increase scale of production. This is to be done to attract new national and international players in the field.
  • The Manufacturers are to be empowered to release 50% of supply to states and open market at a pre-declared price.
  • The Indian Vaccine Manufacturers have to sell 50% of their monthly doses to the Union Government. The rest 50% shall be sold to states and in open market. However, there are no such restrictions to foreign manufacturers. They can sell directly to states and open markets.
  • All the vaccines are to be administered under the National Vaccination Programme.
  • The price per vaccination in all vaccination centres should be reported in real time.
  • All the vaccination should follow all the protocols such as those captured on the CoWIN platform and those linked to AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) reporting.

C0-WIN

It is COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network. Basically, it is a software, a cloud-based IT Platform. It is owned by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was earlier used in Pulse Polio administration. It has now been updated for COVID-19. It monitors and tracks vaccine drive in the country.

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