Bhubaneswar: With the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive already rolled out in Odisha, the State Government has now sought names of private hospitals other than empanelled hospitals under BSKY and CGHS for the establishment of COVID-19 Vaccination Centers.
Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, in a letter to all District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners, stated, “I am to say that the COVID-19 vaccination of Health Care Workers, Front Line Workers and vaccination of age appropriate group of citizens is going on smoothly in our State. The private hospitals empanelled under CGHS & BSKY have been designated as COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVC) along with Govt. Health Facilities to provide vaccination services.”
In order to expand the COVID-19 vaccination services in the community, he asked the Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to verify and recommend, any of the private hospitals in their district not empanelled under BSKY / CGHS which meets the following criteria for COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVC).
1. Sufficient Cold Chain equipment and capacity
2. Sufficient rooms / space for waiting area, vaccination and observation post vaccination.
3. Sufficient number of trained vaccinators and verifiers
4. Ability to manage the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI), as per the norms and guideline of the Ministry.
The Collectors and Municipal Commissioners have been asked to assess the feasibility of such private hospitals to be declared as COVID-19 vaccination Centre and submit the proposal for the same as soon as possible.