As the concerned authorities have failed to enroll all the healthcare workers on CoWIN portal in Phase I of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the Indian Medical Association’s Goa branch on Tuesday wrote to the government requesting it to allow spot registration of beneficiaries for the drive.
The IMA claimed that there have been numerous instances of healthcare workers submitting data through appropriate channels but not getting enlisted as beneficiaries.
Also, the lack of acknowledgment of the entry submission has resulted in miscommunication.
“We request the government to authorise local medical association to approve the beneficiary and direct them for the administration of vaccine at nearest COVID vaccine booths with authenticated ID proof. The data of the beneficiary can be submitted to competent office on the spot or post-vaccination,” reads the email sent by IMA-Goa president Dr Vinayak Buvaji to health secretary Ravi Dhawan and the health services director.
He stated that the important aspect of the vaccination drive is the speed and coverage with which the state can achieve inoculation of 60 per cent of the population, adding that this will definitely reduce the new COVID cases and help make the drive a success in the state.
The hospitals in private sector approved under the DDSSY scheme can be taken onboard if they have computer and Internet setup and data entry operators, who are sufficiently trained, Dr Buvaji suggested.
“This would definitely result in decreased workload on government machinery which would result in better delivery of vaccine to the healthcare workers, and also to the general public in the future,” Dr Buvaji said.
Suggesting to the government that the current model for detection of COVID by approving private diagnostic laboratories can be replicated by approving DDSSY-registered private hospitals, he said that this approach will ensure optimum utilisation of manpower and infrastructure in private hospitals.
“This optional delivery mechanism will decrease the load on government sector and ensure the fast rollout of vaccine,” he said.