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Shielding Covishield: Cop cover for vehicles carrying vaccine to innoculation centres

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ET Health
14th January, 2021 08:48 IST
Ranchi: The administration has taken several measures to ensure that the Covid vaccination drive in the state gets off to a smooth start on Saturday. Sources said that a magistrate along with a police team would be posted at the vaccination centres. Also, Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code would be clamped around the vaccination centres to prevent any unnecessary gathering.

To ensure smooth transportation of the vaccines to the centres, police vehicles would accompany vaccine vans as a precautionary safety measure. Notably, the first batch of vaccines was transported under police escort from the Birsa Munda International Airport to the storage centre in Namkum on Wednesday morning.

Ranchi deputy commissioner Chhavi Ranjan said, “We have the experience of carrying out large-scale vaccination drives. There would be five personnel, a help desk, magistrates and police at the vaccination centres in Namkum and at the sadar hospital. Senior medical and administrative officers would be present at the sites to ensure that the standard operating procedures are observed.”

Inspector general (operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson Saket Singh said, “All the districts have been directed to provide security during transportation, storage and administration of the vaccines.” When contacted, Khunti SP Ashutosh Shekhar said security personnel would be deployed at the vaccination centres in his district as well.

On Day One of the vaccination, Covishield shots will be administered to health workers at 129 centres across the 24 districts in Jharkhand, health officials said. The vaccine, health officials said, will generate protective levels of antibodies in the body in two weeks after the second dose. NHM further stated that people would have to continue taking precautionary measures against the virus even after getting the vaccine shots.

The health department had earlier stated that a photo identity proof will be a must for any person to get Covid-19 vaccine shots. Voter ID cards, school certificates, MGNREGA job cards, PAN cards and passports are some of the documents that can be used to register for the vaccination. Also, the person getting vaccinated has to produce his photo identity proof at the vaccination centre, failing which he will not be administered the vaccine shot.

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