The government will allow COVID-19 vaccination at public and private workplaces having about 100 eligible beneficiaries from April 11 across states and Union territories.
Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a letter to the chief secretaries said a substantial proportion of the population aged 45 years and above is in the organised sector of the economy and is involved in formal occupation in offices (government and private) or manufacturing and services.
“In order to increase the access of vaccine to these populations, COVID-19 vaccination sessions may be organised at workplaces (both public & private) which are having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries by tagging these workplaces with an existing COVID vaccination centre,” Bhushan said in the letter.
He said the states can initiate due consultations with private/public sector employers and management to prepare for launch of workplace vaccination.
“Such workplace vaccination centres may be launched across states/Union territories from April 11, 2021,” he said.
The Centre has asked states and UTs to make adequate preparations and issued guidelines in this regard.
According to the guidelines, only employees aged 45 years or more will be eligible for vaccination at workplace and no outsiders including eligible family members will be allowed for vaccination.
One of the senior staff of the organisation will be assigned to work as nodal
officer to coordinate with district health authorities/ private COVID vaccination centres and support vaccination activities.
The beneficiaries will be required to register in Co-WIN portal prior to vaccination and CVC nodal officer will ensure registration of all targeted beneficiaries and facility of on-the-spot registration will also be available but only to employees of the workplace, the guidelines said.
For optimal utilisation of resources, vaccination sessions will be planned at workplace CVC once at least 50 beneficiaries get registered for vaccination.
“The schedule of vaccination sessions can be made up to 15 days in advance and intimated to the workplaces so that maximum attendance is ensured on the day of vaccination. In most of the workplaces vaccination schedules may, however, be completed in less than 15 days,” the Centre told states and union territories in the guidelines.