Today News Online Service
Solan, May 14
Himachal Pradesh will begin vaccinating people between 18 and 44 from May 17, officials said on Friday.
The development came after sources in the state government said the state received 1,07,620 doses from sources other than the central government.
The National Health Mission has issued directions to chief medical officers to organise vaccination programmes for this age group only on Mondays and Thursdays.
These vaccination programmes will only cater to 100 beneficiaries at a time. Beneficiaries will be informed of their turn two days in advance. Beneficiaries must register for the vaccination programme beforehand. There will be no on-site registrations.
The state government has planned some 1,070 sessions in all 12 districts of the state. Of this, 228 will be held in Kangra, the largest district and also the most affected by the pandemic. The rest dividebd thus: Mandi (154); Shimla (136); Solan (98); Sirmaur (82); Una (79); Chamba (78); Kullu (71); Hamirpur (66); Bilaspur (59); Kinnaur (14); Lahaul and Spiti (5).
Authorities said the number of sessions was decided on the basis of population according to the 2011 Census.
Kangra district 21.26 per cent of the state’s population, followed by Mandi (14.39 per cent); Shimla (12.7) and Solan (9.13). These are also the most affected districts in the state.
Additionally, more doses have been allocated to four districts that have more than 30 per cent positivity rate—Sirmaur (38.4%), Shimla (34.10%), Solan (31.10%) and Mandi (30.60%).
In a bid to cope with a staff crunch, CMOs have told not to hold vaccination sessions for other age groups on these days. Sites having large catchment areas like the urban clusters would be consistent in vaccination while those in the rural areas can be rotated to ensure equity.
Spacious places like schools can be used to avoid overcrowding. Health officials could coordinate with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to ensure law and order at these sites.