Karnataka healthcare warriors first to get Covid vaccine: Health minister

Bengaluru, Oct 24 (IANS): Healthcare warriors, including doctors, nurses and paramedics would be the first to get vaccinated for Covid immunity when introduced, said Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Friday.

"Healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff in state-run and private hospitals will be the first beneficiaries of the vaccine when released by the central government," said Sudhakar in a statement here.

The central government is preparing to introduce a proven vaccine across the country after its approval by its Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

"We are collecting data of healthcare workers as per guidelines and standard operating procedures of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry," said the minister, who is in-charge of containing the pandemic in the state.

Noting that the central government would announce the launch date of the vaccine after its production was commenced, Sudhakar said other priority groups, including senior citizens and people with co-morbidities would be vaccinated in a phased manner after the healthcare warriors.

"The state government will use the cold chain system of routine immunisation under universal immunization programme (UIP) for storing the vaccine when made available to the state by the Centre," noted Sudhakar.

The cold chain facility for storing the vaccine will be made available in all the 30 districts across the southern state.

The healthcare warriors across the state also include ANMs (auxiliary nurse-midwives), ASHAs (accredited social health activists), Anganwadi workers, medical officers, scientists and research staff and all those working in the healthcare sector.

"The state is undertaking IEC (information, education communication) activities through various fora to reach all the health facilities in government and private for timely data collection," added Sudhakar.

All professional bodies, including IMA, PHANA and IAP are being involved.

Immunisation partners UNDP, WHO and UNICEF will provide technical support to the state government in the initiative.






Comment on this article

  • SJM, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Dear Minister No issues sir as first comes healthcare warriors . Please ensured do not allow private hospitals to loot as they have looted enough since March 2020 .
    Make it available with one price and No black market situation.

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  • Anon, Mlore

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    The comments regarding no vaccine name, availability or immediate foreseeability is plain hypocrisy. We often complain of lack of planning and haphazard implementation of things.

    Vaccines are being approved one by one globally, for instance, the Oxford trials have been successful this week. So the fact that atleast these guys prepared a plan in advance should be a blessing. Would you rather want them to get the vaccines and then end up wasting them due to lack of cold storages and time delays due to lack of recipient information?

    While it's great to criticize, once in a while look at the good in an act.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    First make a plan how many are the beneficiaries accordingly make a road plan to reach out the real healthcare warriors and stop barking and taking credit of the news ! This is not being paid by BJPeee or its ministers its purely public money !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Maria Sequiera, Shirva - Udupi

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Gurkhaji, please assemble your great ideas and suggestions and prepare the road plan and submit to the health minister and we all will stand benefitted.
    We are sure, you are equally as pragmatic as you preach.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Where is the vaccine? Whats the name? Which pharmaceutical company has done it? Please give us the detailed information sir....Lets speak about this once vaccine is fit for the usage of human beings..

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    No one in this world knows when the vaccine will be available or end of Corona. Why these ministers talking BS and fooling?

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Needs thorough inspection of his & central health minister.
    First of all they don't know when the vaccine will available.

    First they mentioned Sep-20 vaccines are available for human beings.
    Next changed it into October-November-2020.
    Suddenly went to year end & first of 2021.
    At last now 2021 June.

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  • asgar ali, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Nele Nelli plant has the Medicinal properties

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    Such Decisions can come from only the Educated ...

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  • Bharath jain, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 24 2020

    What a joke as if as if vaccine is in his backyard ministers should refrain from talking like idiots prevention is better than cure we were taught in school days whom am I talking to......

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