On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers and other representatives of states and Union Territories via video conferencing to discuss vaccine distribution strategy. The Covid-19 vaccination programme is expected to take place early in the coming year.
It was informed in the conference that the government is using eVIN – Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network in connection with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to identify primary beneficiaries and vaccine distribution networks.
What is eVIN?
Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network gives real-time information by the process of digitising the vaccine stocks and keeps a check on the temperature of the cold chain through a smartphone application.
The eVIN technology was initially launched in 2015 across 12 states of India in order to provide support for better vaccine logistics management at cold chain points.
The Central government is preparing itself for the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine and a National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has been formed to guide the strategies for vaccine introduction.
How eVIN will be used for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines?
In August, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that as many as 23,507 cold chain points in 585 districts across 22 states and 2 UTs were using the eVIN technology. Around 41,420 vaccine cold chain handlers started to maintain records digitally on eVIN.
As the supply of the vaccine will be limited looking at the huge demand during the initial stage. Therefore, the population will be prioritized on the basis of risk assessment for vaccination. Subsequently, other groups will be given vaccination.
The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan in a press conference last week mentioned prioritizing health workers and citizens above 65 years of age for vaccination.