Lactating mothers to be vaccinated as a priority group in HP

The government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to include lactating mothers, prisoners of foreign origin and employees of Department of Labour and Employment as front line workers in matter of vaccination.

An official spokesman said last night that a notification in this regard had been issued adding that specific formats of identification certification to be generated for the purpose of Covid-19 vaccination registration and authentication on Cowin portal by the concerned Departments has been circulated in the field.

He said that authorities have been designated to certify these front line workers. He said that Circle Supervisor of Women and Child Development Department and Health Supervisor/Health Worker of Health and Family Welfare Department would issue a certificate to all lactating mothers. He said that the Superintendent of Jail would issue a certificate to prisoners of foreign and Labour Inspector/Head of Department to employees of Labour and Employment Department.

The spokesman said that the format of certification duly signed and verified by authorities shall be accepted for the purpose of vaccination. The responsibility for issuing the certificate to genuine persons shall lie entirely with the signing officers/officials.

He further clarified that these groups have been added for the purpose of Covid-19 vaccination and shall not accrue any other benefit in favour of the beneficiary.

The spokesman said that the premise of including lactating mothers amongst the prioritized group for Covid-19 vaccination has been the anticipated third wave of the Covid-19 in which it has been expected that the paediatric population shall be affected more.

He said that the timely vaccination of priority groups shall ensure that the effects of the anticipated third wave will be mitigated. Further, it was informed that the priority groups identified by the State including the Health care workers should get themselves vaccinated with the first dose of vaccine latest by 19th June 2021.

In Himachal Pradesh as many as 1,49,906 of Front Line Workers have been vaccinated with the first dose and 42,348 of Front Line Workers with the second dose till 9th June 2021.

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