Thursday's drive is being held at 64 centres across Lucknow.
UP's second phase of coronavirus inoculation drive for healthcare and frontline workers commenced earlier this week and in its course, citizens above 60 years of age and those above 45 with comorbidities, are also the recipients of the anticipated initial jab. Consequently on Tuesday, to further the state's vaccination hurl, the state administration rolled out a detailed plan for its targetted population in this round.
COVID vaccination drive in Uttar Pradesh
In accordance with the released plan of action, all district hospitals and medical colleges of the state are currently engaged in vaccinating the selected segment of people, on all 6 days. As per the issued guidelines, at all the remaining community health centres and government hospitals, the vaccination facility has been made available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Further, UP health officials have been tasked with the responsibility of immunizing as many as 1.98 crore elderlies and the vaccination drive will map its way on the basis of this proposition. Thursday's drive is being held at 64 centres across Lucknow and it is also being said that this is the highest number of centres to be utilized by the Health Department, since the first round of the drive back in January.
Walk-in Registration Facility
Beneficiaries of the vaccine are also being provided with a walk-in registration facility at government centres but at private establishments, shots will be injected to only those who have registered in advance. The government centres are doling out the shots at no cost and at private facilities, ₹250 is being charged for the same.
The elderlies will have to carry a government-issued photo identity and age proof while citizens with comorbidities need to bring a photo ID along with a certificate from a registered medical practitioner, detailing their condition.
Citizens from rural areas to be vaccinated, irrespective of internet connectivity
Additionally, the state government has also issued instructions to all district administrative and medical heads, stating that people from the rural regions should not be sent back from COVID-19 vaccination centres due to poor internet connectivity. According to reports, the U.P. Health Principal Secretary has mentioned that photographing the beneficiary and other related formalities should be settled and the vaccine process should follow. The data could be uploaded later, once the internet connectivity is restored.
As yet, 3,16,31,238 citizens of UP have been tested for the novel coronavirus and at present, there are 2,025 active COVID cases, 6,03,788 corona victims and 5,93,035 recoveries in the state. On the other hand, Lucknow's confirmed coronavirus cases till date are marked at 81,940 and as of today, 80,474 people have successfully battled the infection.