A senior health department officer, who is monitoring the process, told The Times of India that they were now waiting for data from private healthcare setups. “Private institutions are expected to submit the data in a week. We will update it on a government website made for the purpose,” said the officer.
The officer added that they have heard that results of the phase three trial of a Covid-19 vaccine by a reputed company were expected by November-end or early December and it was safe and effective. He said if all went well, they would start vaccination by January.
District immunization officer Dr Kiran had earlier told the Times of India that they have adequate facilities for storage of vaccine whenever it comes.
Health department officials said they have deep freezers and ice-line refrigerators at the district vaccine store. The immunization wing of the department has been catering to a population of around 45 lakh of Ludhiana, so they were adept at handling the process. They added that the vaccination would be done in phases for effective management of the exercise.
“Since healthcare professionals are working in the frontline, they need to be protected so that they can effectively fight the pandemic,” said Ludhiana president of Indian Medical Association Dr Sunil Katyal.
Acting district immunization officer Dr Puneet Juneja said they had additional storage facility for the vaccine and they can transport the vaccines, when it arrives, in special vans. The officer indicated that they can handle about five lakh such vaccines, which would be given in batches, first to healthcare workers.