Updated: May 11
Q: Has the process of COVID-19 vaccination started in your area?
Medical Officer In-Charge (MOIC): Yes, the process has started. The information of beneficiaries like Aadhaar card number, etc. are filled online, and then they receive a text message informing them about the date and time of their vaccination.
From 1 March 2021, vaccinations have also started in a couple of private hospitals. People have to pay Rs. 250 per vaccine dose.
In government hospitals, the vaccine is being administered for free. In this district, there are 18 government and 5 private centres where vaccination is being done.
Q: How is the storage and supply chain of vaccines being managed?
MOIC: The stock, supply chain, and storage of vaccines is being maintained properly. We are not facing any issue. Separate officials are designated to take care of this, and they are doing their job properly, and on time.
However, we do face problems in filling the information of beneficiaries online, sometimes the website doesn’t work properly. We talked about this with our seniors, and the issue went to the District Magistrate. Now things are working properly.
Q: Have you been informed about any side effects of the vaccine? How is it being reported and managed?
MOIC: We have not seen any major side effect of the vaccine. Some people have mild fever or headache after getting the vaccine, and they are given medicine for that in the Primary Health Centre (PHC) itself.
This interview was conducted with a Medical Officer In-Charge in Maharashtra in Hindi on 4 March 2021, and has been translated.