This means up to sixty million doses, depending on the dosage regimens of different vaccines, will be reserved for the first group of people who will be vaccinated. Frontline workers will include police personnel, sanitation staff and others.
The second group of people to get priority are the elderly, with special focus on those with co-morbidities. These are estimated to be another 25-27 crore individuals, who could account for another 500-540 million doses.
These numbers are being computed by the health authorities as they gear up for a massive immunisation programme to begin as soon as a coronavirus vaccine is available. The Centre will procure the Covid-19 vaccines directly from drug makers and distribute them to the states.
A senior government official said state governments have a list of healthcare workers and other frontline workers. “District immunization officers and other relevant officials will provide the list,” he said.
The second group of the elderly, including those with co-morbidities, will be required to enrol voluntarily for the vaccination programme, and will be subject to verification, said the official.
People in high-priority groups, selected to receive the Covid-19 vaccine first and for free, will get SMS alerts with details of their vaccination session including time, date and location and the vaccinator’s name.
A digital platform will track the storage, distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccines and will also have details of priority groups to be vaccinated, health ministry officials told ET.