The Central government began accepting sign-ups and appointments from people above 60 and those older than 45 with specific medical conditions. The registration for the same has already started. On the very first day, more than 5 million people got registered through the verified site.
Meanwhile, the actual ground reality remains untidy. People are getting appointments through their registration. But when they visit the hospital they aren’t allowed inside the hospitals due to a lot of rush. People are tired of waiting in a queue for hours. Recently we also saw some glitches in the software, this is not the first time but now due to this glitch, it is expected that more than 10 million people might have registered. But those many numbers vaccines are not yet circulated to the clinic.
“I am not denying that people are facing difficulty in registering but it has been just a day since the facility was opened for the general population so there will be logistical issues even regarding medicines, but it will all get streamlined in a few days,” said RS Sharma, chairman, empowered group on Covid Vaccination, during Union health ministry’s briefing on Tuesday.
“Scalability is of concern to us. But the supply-side hospitals will have to publish their time table and sessions, which means it is like a train time table wherein hospitals are like trains and citizens are making reservations. That is how the system is supposed to work, and state governments are coordinating with the hospitals, and the supply of vaccines to them is happening through the state governments. We are encouraging them to provide vaccines to them and involve more private hospitals,” he said.
The vaccination drive was administered on 16th January and till now more than 15.5 million people are being vaccinated. Further during the Health ministry press conference, a minister said, Hospitals will have to schedule their time table like a train. Only then millions of people will be vaccinated with maintaining social distancing norms.
States were also asked to utilise 100% capacities of private hospitals functioning as COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs). The Centre also asked states to ensure adequate quantities of vaccines were maintained in all hospitals both government and private during the entire duration.