New Delhi: The Center has asked states to identify a group of potential vaccinators and update their details on the Kovid Vaccine Intelligence Network (Kovin) to support the Kovid-19 vaccination drive.
In a letter to the states, the Ministry of Health said that MBBS and BDS doctors, nurses, ANMs, pharmacists and MBBS and BDS interns could be considered potential vaccinators if they had experience in injecting. Also, retired staff can also be considered for the job.
The TOI reported Sunday that the government is preparing a list of vaccinators to administer the Kovid-19 vaccine. If there are about 70,000 vaccinators in the public sector, the private sector is likely to contribute about 30,000 more to vaccinate people after the vaccine is approved against SARS-COV2 in the country.
“You are kindly requested to direct the concerned authorities to ensure that potential vaccinators are identified in the database of healthcare workers being created for uploading into the Covin software. Appropriate training should be given to potential vaccinators before they are used for Kovid-19 vaccination drives, ”Vandana Gurnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health, said in a letter.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 has recently reached out to FICCI, CII and some large hospital chains, asking for estimates on the availability of vaccines that can be reserved for covid-19 immunity.
The government plans to use the digital iGoot platform to train new vaccinators. IGOT or Integrated Government Online Training Portal is a platform to increase the ability of frontline workers to effectively manage the epidemic. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the portal has added many new courses to meet the new HR demand in health care.

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