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As schools reopen, Andhra decides to give pneumonia vaccines to kids

Deputy Chief Minister A Krishna Srinivas, who also holds the health portfolio, said the government is focusing on vaccinating school teachers and staff.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
Updated: August 19, 2021 5:58:33 am
The move comes as part of preparations for an anticipated third wave.

Two days after schools reopened across Andhra Pradesh, the state government on Wednesday decided to administer pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) to children and test students with symptoms for Covid-19. Health department officials also reviewed Covid safety protocols in schools. The move comes as part of preparations for an anticipated third wave.

Deputy Chief Minister A Krishna Srinivas, who also holds the health portfolio, said the government is focussing on vaccinating school teachers and staff.

Meanwhile, officials said there were 17,218 active cases; the recovery rate was at 98.45 per cent while the overall positivity rate is 1.94 per cent. The positivity rate is less than three in 10 districts and ranges from 3 to 6 per cent in three districts.

In anticipation of a third wave, oxygen plants will be set up in all private hospitals with more than 50 beds by September 10 — plants will be ready at 104 locations by the end of August and at 36 other locations by the second week of September.

Door-to-door Covid surveys have been carried out 16 times in the state, the minister said..

To monitor the availability of medicines and vaccines, a website has been created and all manufacturers and retailers will be under its purview, according to Medical and Health Director (Drugs) Ravi Shankar. Complaints regarding medicines can be made through telephone, WhatsApp or email.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed authorities to conduct a scientific analysis on the effects of the virus on vaccinated persons and the way the virus is being transmitted despite vaccination.

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