The Centre has asked state governments to constitute committees for coordination and overseeing Covid-19 vaccination drive while ensuring minimal disruptions in other routine healthcare services.
These committees will also carry out stressed early tracking of social media to dispel rumours which could impact the community acceptance of Covid-19 inoculation, India Today reported.
The Health Ministry has sought constitution of committees at the state and district levels.
The committee will review preparatory activities in terms of cold chain preparedness, operational planning, strategies for state-specific challenges in terms of geographical terrain and hard-to-reach areas, etc.
Covid-19 vaccine introduction will span over a year with multiple groups being included “sequentially starting from health care workers”, said the ministry.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a letter to states and union territories has suggested setting up of a state steering committee (SSC) chaired by the chief secretary, a state task force (STF) led by Additional Chief Secretary or principal secretary (health), and a district task force (DTF) to be headed by the district magistrate.