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CM Yogi spells out COVID vaccination as the top priority of this govt

Lucknow: Defining the COVID vaccination as the top priority of his government, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Monday said that no stone should be left unturned to ensure the smooth conduct of the process scheduled to be rolled out in a week’s time.

In this regard, the UP CM on Monday took upon himself the task of getting first hand feedback of the preparations in the various districts with regards the vaccination. He spoke to the DMs through video conferencing and appraised himself of the status of the vaccination preparedness.

He took stock of the third dry run being undertaken in the state on Monday. UP is the only state to have had three dry runs, the first two dry runs were carried out on January 5 and 8.

The CM asserted that the guidelines of the vaccination issued by the Centre have to be followed in toto with no tampering in the sequence of the vaccination process. He also told them to ensure the safety, transportation and maintenance of the cold chain of the vaccines in the most efficient manner even as he has already directed the deployment of nodal officers to look after the arrangements.

The CM also delved into the training of vaccinators and asked the officials in general questions about the whole process, monitoring mechanism and adherence to COVID protocol. The officials the CM spoke to included those of Siddharthnagar, Meerut and KGMU, Lucknow. He asked the officials to ensure that no citizen faces any problem during the vaccination process.

Chief Minister Yogi also made a surprise visit to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civil Hospital in Lucknow and apprised himself of the arrangements which are in place for the vaccination.

It may be recalled that the CM Yogi had already issued elaborate instructions regarding the vaccination drill as per the guidelines of the Government of India. The guidelines said that all the government and non-government health workers will be vaccinated. While 9 lakh health workers will be vaccinated in the first three days, the people of this category who are left behind for any reason, will be vaccinated on the fourth day.

In the second phase, the police, jail personnel, home guards, sanitation workers of urban bodies, revenue personnel engaged in the work of civil defense and surveillance etc, will be vaccinated. In the third phase, people above the age of 50 years, and those below 50 years who suffer from serious diseases like cancer, diabetes etc, will be vaccinated.

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