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Scenario of COVID-19 & its variant Omicron in the UT discussed

Port Blair ,

  The Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Health), A&N Administration also reviewed the present scenario of COVID-19 and its variant Omicron in the UT and the availability of beds, logistic and medicines today post the Union Health Minister's meeting. He directed the DHS to ensure emergency beds ready in full capacity and to maintain sufficient stock of medicines along with adequate manpower supply. He directed that the measure desired to contain the further spread of infection should be adopted on priority. All the passengers above 2 years of age arriving from mainland should bring a RTPCR negative report taken within 48 hours of commencing journey from the destination. Also, all the passengers above 2 years of age who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated or vaccinated for less than 15 days and also the people who are vaccinated abroad must undergo a second RTPCR on arrival and to be in self quarantine till receipt of the local RTPCR result. No person should move out during the said period. Those who are having a travel history abroad in last 30 days also must undergo RTPCR in both places. Passengers who have arrived at Port Blair from any destination abroad direct or hoping must undergo 7 days' of compulsory quarantine and will be tested on 8th day and after that only, they will be allowed to move out of quarantine.     The vaccination for 15- 18 years was also reviewed. He directed the concerned that the target coverage of beneficiaries with Covaxin should be achieved on priority and in time bound manner. The vaccination for 15-18 years of age group will commence from Jan. 3, 2022 in all the 29 CVCs. For the purpose of calculation of age of children, any child born on or before 31.12.2007 but has not attained his or her 18th birthday are eligible for Covaxin.
      Further, he instructed the DHS to undertake precautionary vaccination dose of FLWs, HCWs, people >60 years with co-morbid conditions to be vaccinated with the same vaccine what he received earlier in the UT from 10.01.2021.
     Meanwhile, the general public have been appealed that they may bring their children to the nearest booth for vaccination from Jan. 3  onwards positively at 9 am in the nearest COVID Vaccination Center. Children must bring their Aadhaar Card and in case of non-availability of Aadhaar Card they may bring school Identity Card for vaccination with a valid mobile number, a press release from Directorate of Health Services said.