Drive to vaccinate high-risk people in Telagana soon: Health | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Telangana will come out of the second wave by the end of June said director public health Telangana state, Dr G Srinivasa Rao, on Wednesday. He said the positivity rate of Covid-19 cases has come down to 4.1%. “It is well within the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended rate of 5%.”
To bring the spread of the virus under control, the state health authorities have come up with a vaccine strategy for the next two weeks. As per the strategy, a special vaccination drive covering 7.55 lakh high-risk people (possible super spreaders) including auto and cab drivers, LPG cylinder distributors, kirana shop workers, fruit and vegetable vendors, workers at meat and chicken shops, salons and journalists will be carried out.
“We have identified people falling in these high risk categories with the help of concerned departments and will vaccinate all of them,” the health director said.
“These high-risk category of people who regularly come in contact with others will be vaccinated from May 28.” He said the daily number of cases are expected to reduce significantly over the next one week.
Vaccine availability in the state is expected to improver further. “We currently have 6.18 lakh dose of Covishield, while another 3.35 lakh doses are expected in the first week of June. Currently, 2.5 lakh doses of Covaxin are available, while another 2.5 lakh doses are expected in the first week of June. The state has also paid up for another 5 lakh doses of Covaxin, which may be supplied in 2-3 weeks. The available doses will be utilised for vaccinating the identified high risk people and people awaiting second doses,” said Rao.
The health director said that private hospitals can apply for the roll-out of vaccination for 18 years and above category. Once permitted, they can take up drivers for workplace vaccination, vaccination in gated communities, industrial establishments and IT companies.
Speaking on the issue of shortage of the antifungal injection liposomal amphotericin, Dr K Ramesh Reddy, director medical education (DME), Telangana, said that some alternative medicines for this injection are available. “Liposomal Amphotericin-B is in short supply, and alternatives regimens to it should be followed. Those are as effective as the injection,” Dr Ramesh Reddy said.


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