The Kerala government has issued guidelines to begin COVID-19 immunisation in schools for students aged 15 to 18 years old beginning January 19. On Sunday, January 16, a high-level meeting attended by Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty and Kerala Health Minister Veena George reached a conclusion.
It was resolved at the meeting that district task forces, with the help of the education department, would identify the schools where COVID-19 immunisation would be given. Vaccination sites will be chosen from schools with at than 500 students.
“967 schools with over 500 student beneficiaries each will be transformed into vaccination centres starting January 19 for youngsters between the ages of 15 and 18 years,” Education Minister V Sivankutty said in a statement. Vaccinations will be given to a total of 8.14 lakh students.
The waiting space, immunisation room, and observation room must all be provided by the school administration. School vaccination sessions will be linked with neighbouring Government COVID-19 immunisation centres, according to Veena George.
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The authorities must compile a list of kids who will receive COVID-19 vaccination in a single day and tell them of their appointment time.
It is necessary to guarantee that all pupils who are eligible for immunisation have completed the Co-Win registration process. Before immunisation, all security procedures, including thermal scanning of pupils, should be in place, according to Veena George.
Furthermore, vaccine doses will not be given to pupils who have a fever. Children will be monitored for 30 minutes after immunisation, and if any child develops a health problem, an ambulance with oxygen will be dispatched.
The youngsters will be transferred to a nearby Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) management centre for treatment. The COVID-19 vaccination team will consist of a health department medical officer, a vaccinator, a staff nurse, and school support staff.
According to the directive, all sessions will be conducted in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Meanwhile, Kerala’s state health department reported 18,123 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.
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