Coronavirus Punjab News: Taking note of the low vaccination numbers in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday asked all private and government hospitals and health facilities to offer hassle-free vaccination services for at least 8 hours daily, 7 days a week, till March 31.
Captain Amarinder Singh also directed that there should be no requirement of a separate certificate if an eligible 45+ years person brings the medical record regarding co-morbidities.
The announcement comes during the Covid-19 review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, who pointed out with concern that of the 1,291 registered private facilities, 891 have reportedly not administered a single dose.
He asked the district administration to come down strictly on such hospitals, stressing that private hospitals need to join the government battle against coronavirus for the survival of Punjab and its people.
Rates to take the vaccine in private healthcare institutions must be publicised and overcharging should not be permitted, he directed the Health Department.
While he was happy to note that vaccine services were being offered at all PHCs and Government Hospitals 7 days a week, the Chief Minister said this was not enough, and IEC activities needed to be immediately ramped up to urge all eligible to take the vaccine by publicising the benefits of the same, and the fact that these vaccines are safe.
Even as he directed the Health Department to be proactive in reaching out to, and ensuring coverage of all frontline workers. This must include all those who provided essential services or were on COVID duty during the curfew and the lockdown, he added.
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