Friday, June 18, 2021

Capt Amarinder writes to PM seeking priority allocation of Covid-19 vaccine to Punjab

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking priority allocation of Covid-19 vaccine to the state, on account of its higher mortality rate resulting from the population age profile and high levels of co-morbidities.

In his letter, the Chief Minister said despite its relatively low case load, the higher fatality rate due to Covid in Punjab, which thus needs special dispensation in the allocation of the vaccine. Pointing out that the vaccines currently under consideration would not perhaps reduce transmission so much as prevent serious disease, Captain Amarinder said that the best use of these vaccines would therefore be in preventing serious illness in the most susceptible groups, including elderly and persons with high morbidity.

Captain Amarinder Singh also sought clarity as to whether the Covid-19 vaccination would be entirely funded by the Government of India, including the cost of vaccines and vaccination supplies.  He further asked for clarity on the principles based on which the prioritized groups are to be identified for sequential immunization phases, and leave the preparation of the list of prioritized groups to the state.

MUST READ  WATCH a woman afraid of vaccination hiding behind drum

The Chief Minister also sought expansion of the definition of frontline workers for the purpose of immunization to include administrative officials and others responsible for essential functions. While the definition of healthcare worker was relatively precise and Punjab had compiled data based on it, but the definition of frontline workers lack clarity, he noted, adding that as of now it seemed to include only security forces (Police, Armed Forces) and Municipal Workers, with some mention of primary school teachers.

Noting that beyond individuals defined by occupation and role, it may be important for epidemiological purposes to immunize defined areas, such as densely populated urban areas known to be hot spots or potential hot-spots, the Chief Minister said the state will be better positioned if there is flexibility in implementation of immunization. This is particularly important in providing the state with vaccines as a tool to suppress emerging outbreaks, as has been done for several outbreaks, including influenza and Ebola, he added.

MUST READ  Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur felicitate on Jukaru fair

Referring to certain issues with regard to Covid-19 control and vaccination especially its procurement, supply and storage, the Chief Minister pointed out that the total requirement of cold chain capacity at different temperatures cannot be clearly defined until the vaccine product is identified and the dosage availability intimated through central procurement as advised. He further said that real time record of what capacity is available in medical and agricultural sectors would be maintained by his government, which would be only possible if the state had potential excess capacity.

MUST READ  'Agitation, legal recourse to be undertaken simultaneously to fight Centre's new anti-farmer laws'

The Chief Minister, in his letter, also highlighted the need for clarity on using testing for informed action for vaccines by strategically changing the current approach to testing for both, the virus and the antibodies. This is significant to understand where vaccines are needed most, as well as the potential impact of vaccines, specially to inform future vaccination approaches, he said, adding that it would be helpful to have national and state-specific approaches to the strategy for testing, which could be based on the advice of infectious disease experts and epidemiologists, added Captain Amarinder Singh.

 

Latest news

WATCH Donald Trump selling kulfis in Pakistan!

Yes, a kulfi seller whose video was shared by Singer-songwriter and activist Shehzad Roy, has become the latest sensation on the internet. https://twitter.com/i/status/1402938051945549829 While Roy originally shared the...

Indian-origin Judge nominated for Canada Supreme Court’s top position

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday nominated the first person of color to the top court in Canada, a country in which nearly one...

CBSE goes with 30:30:40 formula for Class XII students

Ending uncertainty over the method of calculating marks or grades of Class XII students following cancellation of their examinations due to Covid, the Supreme...
MUST READ  80552 MT Wheat Procured on 29th day

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obamacare for the third time

The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump-backed challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Despite the court's conservative tilt, its...

Related news

WATCH Donald Trump selling kulfis in Pakistan!

Yes, a kulfi seller whose video was shared by Singer-songwriter and activist Shehzad Roy, has become the latest sensation on the internet. https://twitter.com/i/status/1402938051945549829 While Roy originally shared the...

Indian-origin Judge nominated for Canada Supreme Court’s top position

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday nominated the first person of color to the top court in Canada, a country in which nearly one...

CBSE goes with 30:30:40 formula for Class XII students

Ending uncertainty over the method of calculating marks or grades of Class XII students following cancellation of their examinations due to Covid, the Supreme...

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to Obamacare for the third time

The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump-backed challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. Despite the court's conservative tilt, its...

Masks mandatory on Sydney public transport for next 5 days

Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID 19 case was linked to...

Heavy ban on Tevita Pangai Jnr for crusher tackle

Brisbane's Tevita Pangai Jnr is facing a minimum three-week ban for a crusher tackle last night. The NRL's match review committee handed a grade one...

China launches first 3-member crew to new space station

China has launched three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country's new space station. The three men - Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and...

Power supply shortage expected in Melbourne’s east due to storm damage

Victorians hit by damaging storms are facing a fresh blow, with 3000 residents of the Dandenong Ranges told they could be without power for...