Ready for roll out of corona vaccination of frontline health care workers: Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu


The Punjab Government is all ready to roll out the much-awaited corona vaccination programme under which firstly, Health Care Workers (Central, State & Armed Forces Medical Services) will be vaccinated with their consent at dedicated 59 sites in the state.

The Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated that COVID-19 vaccination is being launched on 16th January 2021 and the first batch of vaccine doses have already been distributed to all District Cold Chain Stores. Orientation on the use of these vaccines has also been conducted. Earlier, a dry run for the smooth run of vaccination was also done at all sites as per SOPs of GoI. He clarified that only registered beneficiaries (HCWs) to be vaccinated whose data was uploaded on the CoWIN site.

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Giving details of corona vaccine doses supplied to the districts, Mr. Sidhu said that a total of 20,880 have been supplied to district Amritsar, 41,60 to Barnala, 12,430 to Bathinda, 5,030 to Faridkot, 4,400 to Fatehgarh Sahib, 4,670 to Fazilka, 6,200 to Ferozepur, 9,790 to Gurdaspur, 9,570 to Hoshiarpur, 16,490 to Jalandhar, 4,600 to Kapurthala, 36,510 to Ludhiana, 3,160 to Mansa, 2,600 to Moga, 5,860 to Pathankot, 11,080 to Patiala, 6,360 to Roopnagar,  7,660 to Sangrur, 13,640 to SAS Nagar, 5,300 to SBS Nagar, 5,420 to Sri  Muktsar Sahib and 8,210 vaccine doses have been distributed to district Tarn Taran. He said that the doses proportionally distributed for Health Care Workers on the basis of database and maximum 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each site.

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The sites which have already provided the first dose shall necessary plan for second dose post 28 days as per protocol, he said.

Notably, the vaccine has been planned in a phased manner with priority groups- Healthcare workers, Frontline workers, Elderly (above 50 year age) and Population below 50 years and with comorbidities.