In just six more days, all beneficiaries registered under the first phase will have been vaccinated in Bengaluru. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said on Wednesday that the vaccination process will begin at six centres in the city on January 16 and will be wrapped up in just three days.
which were received at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday are stored at the
and family welfare department facility at Anand Rao Circle. On Wednesday, 1.05 lakh vaccines were transported to Dasappa hospital, BMBP’s main cold chain. Though BBMP has identified 760 vaccine sites, the first set of innoculations will happen at Victoria Hospital, KC General Hospital, Sir CV Raman General Hospital, Jayanagar General Hospital, St John’s Medical College and Mallasandra primary health centre. On day one, 100 beneficiaries will be inoculated between 9 am and 5 pm. The rest of the centres will be activated based on further directives from the Centre, BBMP commissioner said.
The beneficiaries will be intimated through a three-way process: phone calls, messages and through their heads (at the workplace). Each centre will be manned by the sector officers and the centres will be equipped with Wi-Fi. Around 148 centres in BBMP limits have cold chain facilities and the current batches is being stored in two refrigerators. The sites will receive the vaccines on the previous day from the cold chains. The roads through which the vaccines will be transported have been mapped.
Each vaccine centre will have a stand-by ambulance and will also be linked to a nearby hospital. While frontline workers will get the jab in the first phase, the second will cover BBMP, police personnel and revenue officials. Number of centres will be increased depending on the exact number of beneficiaries in the phase. Those above 50 years and suffering from co-morbid conditions will get vaccinated in the third phase.
Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar insisted that there was hardly any difference between the two vaccines, except that Covishield came in a 5-ml vial and Covaxin was in a 10-ml vial. One vial can vaccinate 20 people. Both the vaccines will be given in the state and the beneficiary cannot choose. “The
has issued guidelines regarding the districts and staff to be covered for vaccination,” he added.
Covaxin shipment arrives
A day after the first consignment of the Covid-19 vaccines arrived in the city, another shipment of vaccines arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport on Wednesday.
A Spicejet aircraft landed at KIA with three boxes of Covaxin from Hyderabad. “SpiceJet’s freighter flight SG 7555 operating from Hyderabad to Bengaluru took-off at 8.50 am today with a shipment of three boxes of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin weighing 90 kg. It landed in Bengaluru at 10.23 am,” said the airline spokesperson. With the arrival of the Covexin both the vaccines approved by the drug regulator are available in Karnataka. While Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Pune based
From state vaccination stores and regional vaccination stores, the vaccination will be further distributed to district, taluk and booth level centres by road with mobile walk in freezers.
The vaccines will be administered from January 16 onwards.