India to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11

The central government is all set to launch workplace COVID vaccinations from April 11 in a bid to significantly boost the ongoing inoculation drive, which continues to battle hesitancy and wastage issues. The decision came as India’s daily COVID cases touched a new and alarming peak of 1, 15,736, the highest since the first case was reported on January 30, 2020 and active infections that require medical intervention rose to 8,43,473.

The Government has asked states to start consultations with the private and public sector managements and prepare to launch Workplace Vaccination across India from April 11. The government said that vaccination at the workplace would not only be convenient to the staff but it will also reduce the exposure to the virus by avoiding travel. The workplace management would designate one senior staff as the nodal officer who will coordinate with the district health authorities and private vaccination centres. The nodal officer would also oversee registration, physical and technical infrastructure. Only employees, and no outsiders or family members, would be allowed to get vaccinated at these centres. Every vaccination centre would be tagged to the nearest private or government vaccination centre. Once at least 50 beneficiaries are registered, a vaccination session will be planned and the schedule can be made up to 15 days in advance, according to guidelines issued by the government.