Telangana eases vax rules, private hospitals can now give | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: After halting the Covid-19 inoculation completely for 10 days, the Telangana government on Tuesday finally eased its policy by allowing private hospitals and private vaccination centres to vaccinate everyone above 18 years.
Following the Centre’s cue, the new policy also allowed hospitals to hold vaccination camps at institutions, companies and gated communities, decentralising what was essentially an extremely controlled drive thus far.
Sources told TOI that as soon as word spread about the easing up of the rules, a large number of corporate hospitals started reaching out to companies that had already made queries about holding vaccination drives for their staff and families.
Interestingly, the state government also took the important decision of launching a vaccination drive for the category it calls ‘super spreaders’ from May 28. This includes delivery boys including those delivering LPG cylinders, ration shop owners, cab and auto drivers, vendors at rythu bazars, liquor shop owners and butchers. They have been called super spreaders because of the very high number of people they come in contact with daily.
At a high level review meeting with state finance minister T Harish Rao, it was estimated that there are 25 to 30 lakh such super spreaders in the state who are divided in 25 categories. Each category is expected to have a minimum of one lakh people. Their vaccination will start in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation area. Officials were told to take up a 100-day drive and vaccinate at least 1,000 super spreaders in each circle.
Sources added that the state has purchased about 4.5 lakh vaccine doses from private companies which will be used to vaccinate super spreaders.


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