On Monday, the Centre announced that walk-in registration for vaccination for the 18-44 age group only at government run Covid-19 vaccination Centre for now.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that making online appointments mandatory for inoculation for the 18-44 age group has so far prevented overcrowding at the vaccination centres. But walk-in registration has now been opened up for this age group so as to avoid vaccine wastage.
The ministry tweeted, “In case of sessions exclusively organized with online slots, towards at the end of the day, some doses may still be left unutilized in case the online appointee beneficiaries do not turn up on the day of vaccination due to any reason. In such cases, on-site registration may be necessary to minimize the vaccine wastage”.
The Centre has empowered the respective state and UT governments to take the final call on the matter. “State/UT must decide on opening of on-site registration/facilitated cohorts” registration and appointments for 18-44 years age group based on the local context just as an additional measure to minimize vaccine wastage and for facilitating vaccination of eligible beneficiaries in the age group 18-44 years,” the ministry said.
🔵On-site Registration/Facilitated Cohort Registration in addition to Online Appointment for 18-44 years age group now Enabled on #CoWIN
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) May 24, 2021
The walk-in vaccinations will not be allowed at private vaccination Centre which will have to continue to publish their vaccination schedules exclusively with slots for online appointments.
Meanwhile, BMC has allowed walk-in vaccination for lactating women in Mumbai. They have also issued instructions to the health department to give special consideration to lactating women post-delivery.
It is the responsibility of the State and UT to assure that opening up of walk-in vaccination do not lead to overcrowding.