PMCH, NMCH, AIIMS-Patna, Sadar Hospital, IGIMS, Paras HMRI, Ruban Hospital and Apollo Hospital are among the 15 health facilities where vaccination centres will be set up for immunization.
Patna civil surgeon Dr Vibha Kumari Singh told this newspaper on Sunday that around 35 ice-lined refrigerators (ILR) have been provided by the state government for the storage of vaccines and distribution to different vaccine centres. One refrigerator van would also be provided for the transportation. “Presently, the district office at Gardanibagh has one refrigerator van for this purpose. One ILR can store 15,000 vaccine vials. It maintains a temperature between 2 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius,” she said.
“As per the requirement, the vaccines will be provided to the health facilities. All the selected healthcare facilities have been asked to ensure separate entry and exit vaccination centres with a ‘three-room set-up’ — one waiting room, one vaccination room and an observation room. They have to complete their preparation before January 16,” Dr Vibha said.
NMCH superintendent Dr Binod Kumar Singh said an immunization committee of ten medical practitioners has been formed under the head of medicine department, Dr Uma Shankar Prasad. “One vaccination centre has been prepared at preventive and social medicine department while two more will come up at the de-addiction centre block and one on college premises. Each vaccine centre will be headed by a medical officer,” he said.
Dr Binod said 100 persons will be vaccinated at each centre and 400 people will get the first dose on January 16. “We will vaccinate our staff on priority basis. NMCH has 2,400 healthcare and frontline workers. So, it will take around six days to vaccinate all our staff. After that we will immunize other health workers. Covid protocols will be followed at each centre,” he said.
At IGIMS, four teams have been constituted, including HR team to make data entry on digital platform CoWIN.
IGIMS medical superintendent Dr Manish Mandal said the vaccination centre has been prepared at the new admin building and all the required arrangements have been made as per the protocol. “The list of beneficiaries will be provided by the Centre for the vaccination,” he added.