NCOC takes stock of violations in vaccine administration

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Shujaat Hamza

ISLAMABAD: NCOC morning session held. NCOC took a very comprehensive overview of vaccine administration progress to frontline health care workers and particularly various operational and administrative issues needing prompt action after start of vaccine on Feb 3rd. An elaborate and well defined procedure laid down by NCOC was shared with all stake holders. However the same was not strictly followed by some, resulted in violations. This was taken cognizance of and provinces asked to ensure compliance as per the agreed guidelines and procedures

NCOC vaccine nerve centre NIMS identified various violations and irregularities in vaccine administration. Mr Asad Umer said that NIMS was established to oversee the entire vaccine administration process and ensuring transparency and data accuracy. NCOC will ensure implementation of the vaccine strategy already shared with all stake holders. Only the front line healthcare workers (FLHCWs) who are saving precious lives and registered in resource management system by provincial health departments are authorized to be administered vaccine in this phase of vaccination.

No one else is allowed to bypass the NIMS / RMS vaccine system .  The complete vaccine administration record is maintained in the system for tracking and ensuring transparency

Since commencement of the inoculation process, 27,228 FLHCWs have been vaccinated including 21,121 in Sindh, 4,458 in Punjab, 691 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 274 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 239 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), 312 Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and 133 in Balochistan.

The FLHCWs can check their eligibility by sending their CNIC number to 1166 or visit nims.nadra.gov.pk website.

In the first step a confirmation message containing Adult Vaccine Center (AVC) and a pin code will be sent whereas in the second step the FLHCW will be informed about his appointment for vaccination at the designated AVC.

In the third step, he or she will visit the AVC along with his or her CNIC and pin code. The health staff at the AVC will confirm their appointment and verify CNIC and pin code.

The FLHCW will be vaccinated upon his turn. In the next step, the vaccination staff will confirm vaccine entry in NIMS and confirmation SMS will be sent. Finally, the FLHCW will have to stay for 30 minutes for monitoring after vaccination at the AVC. Moreover, in case of double shot vaccine the message will be sent after seven days.