No new registrations should be allowed since some ineligible beneficiaries were getting their names enlisted under this category, in violation of rules.
The order further states that there has been a 24 % increase in healthcare workers databases in the past few days.
As over 12 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered till 8 pm on Friday, the country's cumulative count of vaccine doses given to date has reached 7,06,18,026, informed the Union Health Ministry.
"Various inputs have been received from different sources that in some of the CVCs (Covid vaccination centres), some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as HCWs and FLWs and are getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines". The issue was discussed with state representatives on April 3 and it was decided that no fresh registrations would be allowed under the two categories. He also asked states to ensure universal vaccination of already registered healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) at the earliest.
Bhushan said that when India's inoculation programme began in January, the Centre made all efforts to get as many frontline workers vaccinated as possible. Since then, the timeline for giving all such priority groups their first dose had been extended multiple times and was finally fixed at February 25 for healthcare workers and March 6 for other frontline workers, he added. He said that a month has passed since the deadlines and even after starting vaccination of the population of over 60 years, provisions were made to register and vaccinate all HCWs and FLWs. From February 2, it was extended to frontline workers. THe Health Ministry explained the reason behind the move saying that the decision has been taken after dicsussions in order to give COVID-19 vaccine to more categories of citizens, like those above the age of 45. Persons aged 60 years and above and those aged 45 years and above, with 20 specific co-morbidities, were eligible for vaccination from March 1.
According to Sudhir Mehta, Coordinator of Pune platform for Covid response and President of MCCIA, to achieve these numbers, they have roped in all Ganesh Mandals to volunteer for the vaccination drive in their respective localities.