NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive at 10.30am on January 16 with 3,006 sites where the rollout will get under way virtually connected during the launch. The Co-WIN IT platform that will track the drive from back-end to beneficiaries is also likely to be activated with its use initially limited to central and state governments.
A dedicated 24x7 call centre – 1075 – has also been established for addressing queries related to the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine rollout and the Co-WIN software, said an official release. “Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day,” the government said on Thursday.
‘Co-WIN will be available to public within a month’
The Co-WIN platform, central to planning, implementation and monitoring of the vaccination drive, will offer limited access to healthcare workers, enabling them to feed some data and receive information about their vaccination. The names of about one crore health workers have been pre-populated on the platform. “Co-WIN will be available to the general public in the form of an online website as well as a mobile application within a month,” an official told TOI.
Healthcare workers from government and private sectors, including ICDS workers, will receive vaccine shots during the initial phase, moving on to frontline workers.
TOI reported on Thursday that around 3,000 sites will be used for the first round of vaccination on Saturday and an average of 100 beneficiaries will be inoculated at each site.
“The vaccination programme will use Co-WIN, an online digital platform developed by ministry of health and family welfare, which will facilitate real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries for Covid-19 vaccine,” the government said.
India will begin its inoculation drive with two vaccines — Oxford University and AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin — both of which have been granted emergency-use authorisation by the drug regulator earlier this month.
The Centre has allocated the full initial procurement of 1.65 crore vaccine doses to all states and UTs in the proportion of healthcare workers’ database, the health ministry said underlining that no discrimination has been done against any state in allocation.