It is really great news that the state governments are in the process of identifying buildings which can be used as vaccination booths. Each person in the immunization list would be linked with their Aadhaar cards to avoid duplication and to track beneficiaries.
As per the blueprint deliberated upon by an expert group, state governments would identify buildings which can be used as vaccination booths under the special COVID-19 immunization programme that would run parallel to the existing Universal Immunization Programme (UIP).
Secondly, the vaccination sites will not be limited to just healthcare facilities. Such centres would also be set up in anganwadi centres, schools, panchayat buildings and other such setups as identified by state governments,
The health ministry’s existing digital platform eVIN which is being used for the UIP is being enhanced for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and delivery, through which SMSes would be sent to recipients informing the time, date and venue to get the shots and digitally connect them and also track them.
The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country under the UIP.