The Central authorities – which can start the second part of vaccination in mid-March – will give precedence to folks aged sixty and above and those that have comorbidities for longer length, Dr Suneeta Garg, an advisor to Indian Council For Medical Research (ICMR), advised NDTV. She mentioned there will probably be segregation based mostly on a number of standards within the goal group of 27 crore folks and every sub-group could have separate inoculation timelines. She additionally mentioned that the non-public sector will play a significant within the drive.
“For the general population, we will have to prioritise – we will first go for those aged 60 years and above, and then those aged 50 years and above. Along with that we will also vaccinate those suffering from comorbidities. We will also segregate them on the basis of the duration of non-communicable diseases – those who have chronic diseases will be given priority,” she mentioned.
Ms Garg, who can be on the Lancet Commission’s Covid-19 India Taskforce, mentioned these affected by comorbidities like “diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases” will even be prioritised above folks with different ailments.
Asked if every sub-group could have separate deadlines for vaccination, she mentioned, “These timelines are essential because unless we have timelines in place, the general human behaviour is that we will go on the last day. Like it happened with the healthcare workers, the frontline workers”.
Explaining how folks with comorbidities will probably be segregated for vaccinations, she mentioned: “If I am co-morbid and I want get vaccinated, the certificate will mention how long I have been diabetic or hypertensive or whether I am controlled hypertensive or uncontrolled hypertensive. Between two hypertensive people, the one who has been hypertensive for a longer duration will get priority”.
Who can pay for the vaccines? Mr Garg mentioned discussions on the vexed topic are on. “It is under consideration. Some states have said they will be providing vaccines free of cost. Health is a state subject. But if the private sector is also involved, some payment will have to be made. But another thing we should keep in mind is that a large number of people are below the poverty line – the government is also taking that into consideration.”
She mentioned segregation of the goal group won’t hamper the progress of the drive as numerous vaccination factors will probably be arrange.
“Private sector will have a very major role to play if we have to reach the last mile – that means around 29,000 plus cold chain points. We will be creating roughly double the vaccination points…there would 40-50 percent private sector vaccination points,” she added.