Those between the ages of 20 and 49 should be selected for the COVID vaccine shots from a list of 100 beneficiaries at each of the 89 centers that will launch the immunization program in Delhi, according to a government team liaison with district officials.
Minor health workers without comorbidities will be the first to receive a coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine on January 16, when a nationwide roll-out of the vaccine began, a few Delhi officials involved in the program confirmed on Tuesday asking for anonymity.
Those between the ages of 20 and 49 should be selected from a list of 100 beneficiaries at each of the 89 centers that will launch the immunization program in Delhi, according to a government team liaison with district officials.
The districts were also asked to focus on vaccinating safai karmacharis, ambulance staff, and ward boys in addition to doctors and nurses, district officials said.
“This will help us to be more vigilant and to deal with negative reactions, if any. We must do everything in our power to instill confidence in the people for the vaccine, ”said a senior official in the South-West region.
A senior official in the New Delhi region said: “As a precautionary measure, we will select young and healthy volunteers for the first few days of the vaccination program.”
Top North and West regional officials have confirmed this.
“All the districts are currently running some kind of dry interior to see all goes well at the CoWIN platform on Saturday. The list of beneficiaries on that day will be finalized tomorrow, ”said a senior official in the Central region, trying to implement an app that would make it easier to run.
Delhi has about 300,000 health care workers – doctors, nurses, paramedics, safai karmacharis, security personnel, and administrative staff at health care facilities – who will receive the first vaccine.
It is estimated that 600,000 top workers and 4.2 million people over the age of 50 will follow. The government is yet to prepare a list of those under 50 with comorbidities who will be able to access the vaccine.
The Delhi government did not respond to questions.
To date, the city has received 264,000 doses of the Covishield – Indian of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India.
Dr Suneela Garg, a professor of community medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College and a member of the Covid-19 vaccine group, said: “Hospitals will focus on staff other than doctors and nurses, with more ward boys and other staff receiving guns on the first day. The list of beneficiaries is yet to be finalized, but the decision to select new and healthy people is in line with the Institute’s directive that those with co-morbidities receive immediate vaccination. ”
He added saying that following the law may be better for young people. Also, the young doctors, nurses and staff – those under the age of 50 – have been working in Covid-19 wards and it is important to protect them first. He also said the immunization rate – those who receive the vaccine from those who appear to be beneficiaries – of 75% to 80% will be considered to be successful.
Dr. Lalit Kant, former head of the Department of Disease and Infectious Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said: “The chances of any adverse event or adverse event being catastrophic are low for young people and healthy people in general. This may be the reason for choosing those who will benefit in advance. ”
He added saying in the event of a vaccine, that this decision may also be based on the safety information that will be provided by the companies to the drug regulator. The current safety analysis is based on those who are in between the ages of 18 and 50. He said that although older volunteers were included in the Phase III trials, an expected data analysis was expected.