Delhi govt prepares for vaccination, sets up first vaccine storage unit at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital

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After witnessing the third and most deadly phase of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, in some respite, some good news has arrived on the vaccine front. In the latest update, it was found that Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital has been chosen as the first vaccine storage facility and it is being said that all the Delhites can be vaccinated in a month after vaccination begins.

On Friday, Delhi’s state immunisation officer Suresh Seth iterated that the entire Delhi can be vaccinated in a month after vaccination begins.  

In his statement he made it clear that the capital has enough infrastructure to cover the entire population in a month if hospital staff and nurses are roped in, the officer has said. 

He continued to add that the infrastructure is adequate to vaccinate all healthcare professionals in just three days. 

Measures taken by the Delhi government for vaccination-

Till date, there are 600 cold storage points & around 1,800 outreach sites which have been used for the immunisation for children. These facilities in Delhi can store vaccines at two to eight degrees Celsius.

As per the Centre’s vaccination drive draft, school campuses will also be added to the existing vaccine infrastructure.

Presently, Delhi government is collecting data of healthcare workers who will be vaccinated first.

Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital will be converted into a Covid-19 vaccine storage centre, some media reports have said. The centre will become functional by mid-December.

Most vaccines in India need to be stored at a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius. The lowest minimum temperature at which vaccines can be kept to maintain the cold chain in most areas in the country is minus 25 degrees Celsius as there is only one vaccine in India — Bharat Biotech’s Rotavirus vaccine — which needs to be stored at minus 20 degrees Celsius.

 

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