Punjab CM to Receive the First Shot of Coronavirus VaccineFriday February 19, 2021 at 4:49 pm
Chandigarh: After the clearance received by the anti – covid vaccine from ICMR, Amarinder Singh, the chief minister of Punjab, shall receive the first shot in the state, followed by the 1.25 lakh of health workers.
An official statement on Wednesday recorded that a priority list has already been made by the state government that comprises 23 percent of the three crore population, summing up to 70 lakh. The list of people who would receive the first phase of the vaccine includes healthcare heroes, frontline warriors, the aged population above 50 years, and people with comorbidities.
At a virtual cabinet meeting in Chandigarh that was formed to discuss the current pandemic situation in the state and its ability to roll out the vaccine, the CM has announced this.
In the meeting, the priority list in regard to the vaccination drive has been decided, which includes the healthcare workers, frontline workers, the elderly mass, and people with comorbidities.
Hassan Lal, the health secretary of Punjab has stated that the state has made a list of the 1.25 lakh government and private healthcare warriors who are to be vaccinated in the first phase.
Lal further said that according to the government of India guidelines on vaccine prioritization, nearly 23 percent of the state’s population shall receive the vaccination.
In order to ensure a seamless roll–out of the vaccination process, the State Steering Committee is co-operating with the National Steering Committee. For the same reason, the State Task Force is coordinating with the district and block level task force committee.
The release stated that in accordance with the available facilities, the state has asked the Centre for including some additional cold chain equipment, comprising vaccine vans, deep freezers, ice–lined refrigerators, cold boxes, vaccine carriers, ice packs, thermometers, and stabilizers.