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Covid-19: Centre asks 5 states to expedite vaccination of healthcare workers


The Union well being ministry on Tuesday requested Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh to expedite the vaccination of healthcare and frontline staff in order to confer immunity within the shortest attainable timeframe within the wake of a rising development of COVID-19 circumstances and positively fee in some districts.

In a letter to the Maharashtra authorities, Extra Secretary within the well being ministry Manohar Agnani mentioned a rising development of COVID-19 circumstances and the positivity fee has been noticed in six districts — Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai and Suburban, Amravati, Thane and Akola — over the previous few days.

Equally, in a letter to the Madhya Pradesh authorities, he mentioned a surge within the variety of circumstances and the positivity fee has been noticed in three districts — Indore, Bhopal and Betul.

In Punjab, Agnani mentioned a rise within the variety of circumstances and the positivity fee has been noticed in three districts — SBS Nagar, Kapurthala and Sri Muktsar Sahib — whereas the identical has been witnessed in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir and Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.

“Therefore, it’s suggested that the vaccination of HCWs and FLWs in these districts is expedited in order to confer immunity within the shortest attainable timeframe, as they’re additionally concerned in containment, surveillance and administration of COVID-19 circumstances.

“You’re requested to kindly direct the district officers involved to instantly undertake measures for the utmost protection of HCWs and FLWs with the COVID-19 vaccine on the earliest,” the letter acknowledged.

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