The government has allowed COVID-19 vaccination in public and private working places. The government has given permission for those places in the states and union territories from April 11, where there are about 100 eligible beneficiaries. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote in a letter to the Chief Secretaries that the organized sector of the economy has a substantial portion of the population aged 45 years and above and is involved in formal business or manufacturing or services in offices (government and private).
100 beneficiaries must be present
Bhushan said in the letter that COVID-19 vaccination sessions can be conducted in working places (both government and private) to increase vaccine access to these populations, which have about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries. This can be done by tagging them with the existing COVID vaccination center.
He said that states can start consultations with private / public sector employers and administration to prepare for the launch of vaccination. According to him, vaccinations with such place of work can be launched from 11 April 2021 in the center states or union territories.
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Asked states to prepare
The Center has asked the states and union territories to make adequate preparations and issue guidelines in this matter. According to the guidelines, only employees 45 years of age or older will be eligible for vaccination at work and no outsiders will be allowed to be vaccinated, including eligible family members. A senior employee of the organization will serve as the nodal officer, who will coordinate with the District Health Authority / Private Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs) and support the vaccination work.