According to a blueprint deliberated upon by an expert group, state governments would identify buildings which can be used as vaccination booths under the special Covid-19 immunisation programme that would run parallel to the existing Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).
“The vaccination sites will not be limited to just healthcare facilities. Such centres would also be set up in anganwadi centres, schools, panchayat buildings and other such setups as identified by state governments,” a source said.
The health ministry’s existing digital platform eVIN which is being used for the UIP is being enhanced for Covid-19 vaccine distribution and delivery, through which SMSes would be sent to recipients informing the time, date and venue to get the shots and digitally connect them and also track them, the source said.
Each person in the immunisation list would be linked with their Aadhaar cards to avoid duplication and to track beneficiaries. However, in case a person doesn’t have an aadhaar card, a government photo identity can be used, sources said.
The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country under the UIP.
The coronavirus vaccine, once available, would be distributed under a special Covid-19 inoculation programme, using the processes, technology and network of the existing UIP, official sources had said earlier.
According to them, the Centre will procure the vaccine directly to make it available to the priority groups through the existing network of states and districts.
The vaccine is being planned to be administered to the priority groups free-of-cost. States have been asked not to chart separate pathways of procurement