As the State gears up for its vaccination drive on January 16, Kerala will receive its share of the Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday. The Centre has allotted around 4,35,500 vaccine vials for the successful completion of the first phase of the drive.
The flight with vaccines will arrive at the Cochin International airport at 2pm and at the Thiruvananthapuram airport at 6pm. If opened, a vial should be used within 6 hours and each vial has 10 doses.
Earlier, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja confirmed that the State has prepared an action plan for the successful completion of the upcoming vaccination drive. Around 133 centres will be established across the 14 districts for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to the Centre, the vaccination drive will begin on January 16. The vaccines will be given to Covid frontline workers which includes health workers in the first phase of the drive.
The Health Minister said, “The Department of Health has formulated an action plan to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine is delivered soon after arriving and that the vaccination is successful. During the launch, as many as 133 centres will be set up for Covid-19 vaccination in the state.”
According to the action plan, around 100 people will be vaccinated at one centre. A total of 3,58,574 people have registered for the vaccination in the state.
Meanwhile, Shailaja said that the Centre's team that was assigned to examine the bird flu and Covid-19 preventive measures in the State expressed satisfaction with the steps implemented by the government.