Today News Online Service
New Delhi, March 9
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reviewed COVID-19 vaccine progress with states asking them to maximise the utilisation of private facilities to cover a wider eligible population base in the shortest possible time.
At a virtual meeting where Cabinet secretary Rajeev Gauba was also present, chief secretaries of states were told to stock up private facilities with COVID-19 vaccine supplies for 15 to 28 days so that they could offer open online booking slots to people.
“All states were advised to register and activate all private facilities and also provide sufficient stock of vaccines to the private facilities for 15-28 days so that these facilities can offer online open slots to citizens. Visibility of more open slots not only assures the citizens about the services but also helps avoid overcrowding on account of perceived scarcity in absence of clear visibility of vaccination slots,” a statement later said.
The meeting discussed ways of making it easier for beneficiaries to walk in and get registered for jabs, managing supplies, preventing wastage.
Ensuring convenient registration for citizens by maximizing available slots on Co-WIN with all vaccination centres publishing sessions for up to four weeks ahead was advised to states.
Expanding capacity by on boarding and operationalising as many health facilities as possible across the public and private sectors; widening access by enduring equitable vaccine reach across geographical areas; and maximising efficiency was also discussed.