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National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme of the Union Health Ministry receives Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration

Newdelhi:21/4/23:The National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme of the Union Health Ministry received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2022 under the innovation category. Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Ministry received the award from the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today at a function organized on the occasion of 16th Civil Services Day at Vigyan Bhawan.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the nation on this achievement and thanked all healthcare workers, caregivers and community members for relentlessly working towards making India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme a success. “Congratulations to the entire team who worked tirelessly with mantra of ‘एक ही प्रण हो सबका टीकाकरण’”, he stated.

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The planning of the Vaccination programme started well in advance on four pillars: structured governance mechanism, ramping up of production, logistics and supply management and implementation strategies for effective & decentralized vaccine administration involving both public & private health facilities.

A robust monitoring system based on consultative approach was established through the State Steering Committee, State Task Force, District Task Force, Block/Urban Task Force with a two-way feedback mechanism to ensure swift mid-course corrective measures. Operational Guidelines detailing about the technicalities of COVID vaccination and Communication Strategy addressing vaccine hesitancy and eagerness on COVID-19 Vaccination were prepared and shared with all states and UTs.

Following scientific prioritization, the programme initially began with vaccinating 1.04 crore Health Care Workers, followed by Front Line Workers and the vulnerable population aged 60 years and above, increasing the cohort to nearly 30 crores. It was further expanded in a phased manner to cover the population cohort of 106. 02 crore comprising of those aged 12 years and above, comparable to the population size of several countries together. Since the programme was initiated on 16th January 2021, it has completed 825 days till date.

Capacity building played a crucial role in ensuring safe delivery of vaccines. Cascaded training of all stakeholders was conducted on a humungous scale and in record time even during COVID surges through a combination of virtual (for the first time till the district level) as well as classroom trainings (sub-district level) and the quality of trainings was monitored using certain pre-fixed key indicators. Nearly 75,000 Programme Officers/Medical Officers, 7,30,000 Health Workers and 1,60,000 additional Frontline Workers were oriented on various aspects of vaccination programme including those in private sector and health services under other organizations. Approximately 2.64 lakh vaccinators and 4.76 lakh other vaccination team members were trained on the key components of COVID vaccination. More than 1,00,000 users trained on using Co-WIN platform in 700+ districts.

Development of Co-WIN (Winning over COVID) platform for facilitating a smooth vaccination roll-out was critical in the success of the programme. The IT platform was based on the 5 core principles: inclusivity, accessibility, equity, transparency and scalability. It enabled real time monitoring of status of vaccination drive, vaccine availability and utilization. It facilitated the beneficiaries in self-registration, advance booking of vaccination appointments and availability of QR based individual digital certificates. The innovative digital platform has been modified and customized with the evolving guidelines from time to time. It was ensured that the process of registration and vaccination remains simple, transparent and hassle-free.

The Co-WIN platform was a key factor in enabling India to achieve multiple milestones in vaccination which includes:

  • More than 100 crore beneficiary registration on Co-WIN portal through online and on-site mode.
  • 221 crore (2.21 billion) vaccine doses administered across India and tracked digitally. This is 17% of the total covid vaccine doses administered across the world i.e., 13.34 billion.
  • 97% of eligible population (aged ≥12 years) of India covered with at least the first dose and 90% with both the doses.
  • Nearly 3 crore vaccination sessions held across the country
  • Doses administered at CVCs as per locale (Data since 1st April 2021)
  • Urban – 28% (57,49,02,883)
  • Rural – 72% (1,46,48,49,355)
  • CVCs not tagged as Rural or Urban – 0.26% (52,69,625)
  • Gender wise doses administered:
  • Male – 51% (1,12,15,23,613)
  • Female-49% (1,07,92,86,309)
  • Others- 0.02% (5,31,125)
  • CVC wise Coverage:
  • Public CVCs 97.5% (1,98,79,70,097)
  • Private CVC –2.5% (5,03,85,412)
  • 74 crore doses administered through special sessions including pregnant women, transgender, destitute, vagabonds, mental health institutions, prison inmates etc.
  • More than 1 crore doses administered on multiple days on 10 days
S.No. Date Doses administered No. of Vaccinators No. of active CVCs
1 27/8/2021 1.09 crore 56,035 57,399
2 31/8/2021 1.42 crore 68,273 70,017
3 6/9/2021 1.21 crore 65,589 67,183
4 17/9/2021 2.51 crore 98,184 1,01,164
5 20/9/2021 1.01 crore 63,763 65,590
6 27/9/2021 1.08 crore 69,876 71,519
7 4/12/2021 1.12 crore 83,017 85,058
8 3/1/2022 1.07 crore 92,546 95,128
9 4/1/2022 1.03 crore 87,956 90,335
10 6/1/2022 1.01 crore 89,338 91,330
  • 2.51 crore doses administered on a single day through more than 1 lakh CVCs
  • First 100 crore doses (1 billion doses) administered in 9 months and the next 100 crore doses (2 billion doses landmark) administered in the next 9 months.

Inspired from Mission Indradhanush, two rounds of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ Teekakaran Abhiyaan were conducted to cover the missed-out and dropped-out beneficiaries in a campaign mode. ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ was another campaign that sustained the momentum and helped prevent any further surge in new cases by organized camps at various locations such as routes of public and private offices, religious yatra’s, industrial establishments etc.

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