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Highlights:
• Dr VK Paul said that the government has made provision for at-home vaccination
• The provision has been made for people who do not have enough mobility, people who have a disability or have some special needs
• The centre sent a written letter on September 22 to all the states regarding the process

Today, during the weekly briefing of the health ministry, Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member (health), said that the government has made provision of at-home vaccination under supervision for people who do not have enough mobility to be brought out of their homes, people who have a disability or have some special needs due to which they cannot be brought to the vaccination centre.

Dr Paul added that they are confident that India’s vaccine is safe and the system that we will be implemented to administer vaccines to the residence will be safe, effective, nurturing, and supportive. Dr VK Paul also said that this is an important development, and it will follow the SOP.

The centre has issued orders and the local teams will also be involved in the at-home vaccine administration process. The centre also sent a written letter on September 22 to all the states regarding the process.

The letter stated that it is understandable that some people may be bedridden or might have a disability or special needs which makes it difficult for them to get vaccinated even at the vaccination centres near them. It directed the states to prepare a line list of such potential beneficiaries and their caregivers in the catchment area of every planning unit and added that the list should be collated at the district level.

The health ministry added that the decision to vaccinate people who are unable to visit the vaccination centres has been taken because the vaccination drive aims to be equitable and citizen-centric. The health ministry added that the vaccine wastage should be minimal, and all SOPs related to maintenance of cold chain, prescribed temperature, safe injections, waste disposal, adverse events following immunization should be followed diligently.

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