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Karnataka to resume Covid vaccination for 18-44 age group from May 22

State government-identified frontline workers and priority groups will be vaccinated first,” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar explained.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 21, 2021 1:43:19 pm
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After temporarily suspending Covid-19 vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 for over a week, the Karnataka government Thursday announced it will resume the process from May 22.

“From May 22, vaccination for people in the 18-44 age group will resume. State government-identified frontline workers and priority groups will be vaccinated first,” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar confirmed in a tweet.

Further, a note issued by the Health Department read, “Deputy Commissioners at the district level and BBMP Chief Commissioner in BBMP (Bengaluru’s local municipal body) will be in charge of vaccination of this group. Workplace vaccination will be the mode of implementation.”

Health officials added that the district administrators will be directed to nominate nodal officers for each category in a bid to decentralise the process. Such nodal officers would be in charge of issuing eligibility certificates to those seeking vaccination.

“Producing eligibility certificate is mandatory to avail vaccination. Any valid ID approved by GOI needs to be produced for registration on Cowin portal,” the department clarified.

District administrators have also been given the charge of deciding on the number of such vaccination sites and the number of doses to be administered each day “based on the availability of vaccines.”

To date, a total of 1.15 crore doses of vaccine have been administered in the state so far, since January 16. Of these, over 89.45 lakh were first doses while 25.62 lakh were second doses administered across age and priority groups so far. Over 1.35 lakh people aged between 18 and 44 have received the first dose of the vaccine in the state so far, statistics issued by the Health Department indicated.

Further, Sudhakar added that the state would recieve another two lakh doses of Covishield on Friday, as per the order placed by the state government.

“So far we have received 1,24,20,510 doses incl 1,13,26340 (1,01,60,060 Covisheid and 11,66,280 Covaxin) from the Centre and 10,94,170 (9,50,000 Covishied and 1,44,170 Covaxin) through procurement by the state government,” Sudhakar said.

Who are identified as frontline workers in Karnataka?

Among the frontline workers identified by the Karnataka government are immediate family members of healthcare workers, teachers assigned to Covid-19 duties, one caretaker each for the specially-abled (both physically and mentally), cemetery/crematorium workers, government transport personnel, and autorickshaw and cab drivers.

The others identified by the government so far are prisoners, employees of electricity and water suppliers, staff from the Departments of Post, Food and Civil Supplies, Women and Child Development, Street/roadside vendors, security/housekeeping staff of offices, judicial officers, caretakers of the elderly and patients with severe-illness, child protection officers, people involved in transporting goods for hospitals, those working in the oil industry, gas supply, at fuel station, pharma manufacturing companies, staff supplying oxygen, medicine, medical equipment, old-age and destitute individuals without an ID card, workers at APMC yards, and media persons.

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