Lucknow to immunise 8,500 health workers in 2nd round of COVID vaccination, scheduled on Jan 22

The second session of vaccination will be carried in 85 booths at 32 centres in Lucknow.

Lucknow has scheduled the second round of coronavirus vaccination on January 22, which aims to immunise over 8,500 health care workers through 32 centres across the city. The state capital has made provisions to establish 85 booths at the centres which will administer the shot to the beneficiaries. As per reports, absentees of the first-day drive will also get the first dose jab on Friday. As per reports, 840 people out of the listed 1,200 got vaccinated on January 16, when the city flagged off its inoculation drive.

2nd Round of Vaccination in Lucknow; preparations in full swing

Lucknow has started to gear-up itself ahead of the second session of administering the covid vaccine. Divided into phases, the state has chalked out a roadmap for immunisation, registering about 51,000 healthcare workers for the vaccine dose in the first phase. Chief medical officer (CMO) Lucknow said, "The names of centres for the second round have not been finalised yet but 12 centres that participated in the first round will be the part of the next as well."

The CMO said the vaccines kept in cold carriers will be transported from the cold storage to the cold chain points nearest to the centres on Thursday and will be transported to the centres an hour before the start of the drive on Friday morning. "We have decided to send SMS in bulk to the beneficiaries selected for the jab. However, if there are technical issues in the Co-WIN application as it was on an opening day, we will carry out the work manually by calling each beneficiary and informing them about their vaccination schedule", the CMO added.

At each booth, 100 recipients will be vaccinated in two shifts of 50 health workers each. The drive will start at 10 a.m. but vaccinators, security staff, emergency health staff will reach the respective vaccination centres at 9 a.m. According to the plan of action, as elaborated by the district immunisation officer, "The third and fourth rounds will be held on January 28 and January 29 in which 8,500 health workers will be vaccinated in each session."

Every beneficiary will be given two shots of the vaccine, 28 days apart, for full immunity. After healthcare workers, frontline workers like police and civic personnel will be given shots in the second phase followed by people over 50 years of age and those with comorbidities.

COVID vaccination centres in Lucknow

There are around 61 vaccine centres with 180 booths in the Lucknow but all have not been made functional yet. The district is following a phase plan to avoid chaos and confusion and to make necessary changes based on the reports of the initial rounds. This also reliefs the city from the task of delivering vaccines to all vaccination centres spread in across different localities.

The King George Medical University (KGMU) is the largest functional vaccination centres in Lucknow, with 33 booths, followed by Era Medical College with 17 booths, RMLIMS with 9 booths and 8 at SGPGIMS. The 12 inaugural centres that will continue to remain active for the second round on Friday are KGMU, SGPGIMS, RMLIMS, Balrampur Hospital, Avanti Bai Hospital, Era Medical College, TS Mishra hospital, Sahara Hospital, Medanta Hospital, and community health centres of Chinhat, Maal and Mohanlalganj.

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