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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: The State Health and Family Welfare Department on Monday ordered identification of session sites and a five-member team for each session site for COVID-19 vaccination of the healthcare workers.

In a letter to the district collectors and commissioner of municipal corporations, additional chief secretary PK Mohapatra said that as per operational guideline of COVID-19 vaccination it is essential to identify suitable session site with facilities for waiting room, vaccination room and observation room for vaccination of Health Care Workers (HCWs) in first phase.

The session site for HCWs shall be identified in health institutions i.e. PHC & above. In each block/ Urban unit, session sites must be identified with adequate facilities for waiting room, vaccination room and observation room. Preferably, one session site at CHC Head Quarter and other at PHC with ILR facility. Similarly, the session site at SDH/ DHH /Medical Colleges/ Big Private Hospital shall be identified, reads the letter.

The block/ urban Task Force Members shall conduct an assessment of each site well before and submit the same to the district after finalisation. The five-member team, including the vaccinator, must be identified for each session site and they should be oriented on their role and responsibilities. Also, one supervisor per three session sites shall be identified for effective monitoring. One trained Medical Officer shall also be entrusted at the session site for AEFI management, it added.

Here are the other steps to be taken for the COVID-19 vaccination:

• All logistic arrangements like sitting arrangement, immunisation logistics, Anaphylaxis kit/ AEFI kit, signage, toilet & handing washing, drinking water facility, etc. for conducting session shall be kept in readiness.

• The physical inspection of all session sites must be conducted by block Task Force Committee members and 20% by the district Task Force Committee members. The assessment checklist (Annexure 6) of the COVID 19 Operational Guideline shall be filled up for each session site and Chapter 7.2 (session site planning & management) shall be followed meticulously for session site planning.

• After finalization & approval of session sites by the blocks/ urban Task Force, it should be submitted to district for final approval by the District / City Task Force.

• If any of the session site or vaccinator is not uploaded in the Co-WIN portal previously, the same must be created/uploaded in the portal immediately by DOM, DVLM & ICA. They shall work in a team under the guidance of ADPHO (FW) / ADUPHO for timely uploading, creating and scheduling the sessions & other activities as required.

• The session allocation/scheduling process must be completed within 2 days after receiving the date of vaccination from the State.

• The printed / soft copy of the session-cum-beneficiary list shall be shared with the concerned facility for printing of 3 copies after session scheduling.

• 24 X 7 Control room shall be functionalised at the district & block level for addressing different issues. Details of Control Room shall be shared with State urgently.

The officials have been directed to complete the session site selection and approval of the same by the District Task Force by January 8, 2021.

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