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COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Launched in Himachal, 1,536 Healthcare Workers Vaccinated on the First Day

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Shimla– The COVID-19 vaccination drive in Himachal Pradesh started from IGMC Shimla after the Nation-wide vaccination drive was launched today by the Centre Government.

In the first round itself, 3 crore people are being vaccinated across the country. This drive would be taken up to 30 crores in the second round when elderly and people with serious co-morbidities will be vaccinated. There are only three countries- India, USA and China, who have a population of more than 30 crores. 

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

In Himachal Pradesh, the first phase, 93000 doses would be administered to the front line warriors including health care workers of the State, the government informed.

Today 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State. However, only 1535 healthcare workers were vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. Though a media report highlighted that a few minor incidents where beneficiaries showed symptoms of dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering were reported, the government did not dwell upon it much.

Further, about 74500 health workers would be vaccinated and each beneficiary would be provided two doses and the second dose would be administered after an interval of 28 days, the government informed.

State Vaccination Store has been set up at Shimla while Regional vaccine store has been established at Mandi and Dharamshala. District Vaccine Stores have been set up in all the 12 districts of the State besides 386 cold chain points in the State.

AEFI Committees at State and District level has also been notified with additional members of Pulmonologist and Medicine Specialists for casualty assessment of AEFI cases.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, however, urged the people of the State to ensure that all precautions are maintained despite having administered COVID-19 vaccine.

Further, in India’s vaccination campaign, those who are at the maximum risk of getting infected will be vaccinated first. Doctors, nurses, hospital sanitation workers and para-medical staff will get the doses first. This priority is available to the medical hospitals in both the public and private sectors.

After the medical staff, the members of essential services, and those responsible for the country’s security and law and order will be vaccinated.  Security forces, police personnel, fire brigade, sanitation workers will be given priority. This number will be nearly 3 crores and Government will bear the expense of their vaccination.

According to the Centre Government, on the first day of the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program, a total of 3,352 sessions were held wherein 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated as per the provisional reports. Additional 3,429 beneficiaries were vaccinated in Defence institutions.

Further, according to the official statistics of the HP Health Department, the State reported only 71 new COVId-19 positive cases on January 16, 2021. Only one COVID-19 death was reported in which a 80-year-old male died in Kangra district. So far, the State has reported a total of 56973 cases and claimed 952 lives. If the statistics to be believed, the number of active cases has dropped to 755 today evening. 

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New Relaxations in Corona Curfew in Himachal: Read What’s Permitted, What’s Not

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Shimla-Corona Curfew in Himachal Pradesh would continue along with the guidelines/ SOPs issued from time to time but additional relaxations have been added. The decisions to allow more relaxation in curfew came in the HP Cabinet meeting held on June 22, 2021. The Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) has also issued a new notification regarding the same. 

While some of the relaxations would come into force from June 23, others would be applicable from July 1.

Though the health experts and the Centre government has issued repeated warnings of the third wave predicted to arrive within the next 7-8 weeks, the HP government has decided to throw open state borders without any restriction or monitoring. At the same time, the Centre government has today written to affected states over the new variant – Delta Plus – a matter of greater concern.

Based on the recent findings of INSACOG, the Union Health Ministry has alerted and advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh regarding the Delta Plus variant of COVID19 being found in some districts in these States.

INSACOG has informed that the Delta Plus Variant, currently a Variant of Concern (VOC), has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.

Monoclonal antibodies are artificial antibodies that mimic the activity of our immune systems.

The ministry today informed that this new variant has been found in 80 countries including India.

Despite this, the State government didn’t consider it necessary to monitor visitors from the states affected by the Delta Plus variant through e-pass or RTPCR report.

It’s pertinent to mention that in wake of its failure to provide relief to the worst-hit tourism industry, the state government was under huge pressure from the hoteliers and stakeholders in the tourism industry to waive off restrictions on tourist entry into state for the remaining peak tourist season.

Also Read: Read Eight Reliefs That Himachal’s Devastated Tourism Industry Seeks from HP Govt  

Corona Curfew Relaxations to Come into Force in Himachal From June 23

  1. All markets, malls, shops etc. are allowed to open up to 8 PM.
  2. There will be no restriction on the timings of pharmacies/chemist shops and they will remain open as per their normal operating hours.
  3. Restaurants/dhabas/other eateries & bars are permitted to now remain open upto 10 PM.
  4. All social academic/ entertainment/ cultural/ political and other congregations including marriage celebrations and functions are permitted with up to 50% of the capacity, subject to a maximum of 50 persons in indoor built-up/covered areas.
  5.  In open spaces, gatherings will be allowed with a ceiling of a maximum of 100 persons.
  6. Gathering in Funerals/Cremations are allowed upto 50.
  7. All cinema halls, entertainment parks, theatres & auditoriums, assembly halls, clubhouses, golf courses and gymnasiums are allowed to open up to 10 PM with 50% capacity.
  8. Sports Complexes are permitted to open for sports activities including outdoor sports activities except for contact sports (Spectators will not be allowed).

New Curfew Relaxation from July 1, 2021

  1. All offices of the Government Department/ PSUs/ local bodies/autonomous bodies including the H.P. Secretariat will operate with 100% attendance from 01.07.2021 (FN).
  2. Medical colleges, Ayurvedic colleges, Dental colleges, Nursing and Pharmacy colleges are already allowed to. Engineering colleges/polytechnic and ITIS will also be allowed to reopen from July 1st
  3. Detailed guidelines & SOPS in this regard will be issued by the Department of Technical Education, Himachal Pradesh. All other educational, training, coaching institutions etc. will continue to remain closed till further orders.
  4. Religious places/places of worship are allowed to open from July 1 for darshan only with the condition that they follow requisite SOPS issued by the Department of Language, Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh. No kirtan, bhajan, jagratas etc. will be permissible.
  5. Inter-State movement of public transport buses/contract/stage carriages will be allowed from July 1st with 50% of the registered seating capacity as per SOPS issued by the Department of Transport, Himachal Pradesh.
  6. There will be no requirement of an e-pass for entry to the State from July 1st

General Directives for COVID Management

The following General Directives for COVID-19 Management shall be strictly followed throughout the State:

  1. Face coverings/ Masks: Wearing of face cover/ mask properly is compulsory in public places, shopping areas/ shops/ markets/ malls and workplaces; and in public & private transport.
  2. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet in public places
  3. Spitting in a public place will be punishable with a fine, as prescribed under laws, rules or regulations.
  4. Consumption of paan, gutka, tobacco, and similar products in a public place is prohibited.
  5. Proper ventilation of closed spaces to be ensured.

 

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Over 1 Lakh Vaccinated in Himachal in a Day, HP Govt Expects to Vaccinate All Adults With First Dose by October

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Shimla– Himachal Pradesh on June 21 –  the first day of vaccination under revised policy- vaccinated a record 1,000,80 eligible beneficiaries.  The state government has set a target of inoculating one lakh doses per day. Starting Monday, the Union Government is responsible for procuring and providing vaccines to states for free. 

Meanwhile, over 85.15 lakh people were vaccinated against Coronavirus across the country on Monday. On Tuesday, more than 48 lakh Vaccine Doses administered , as per the 7 pm provisional report released by the government. India’s cumulative COVID Vaccination Coverage crossed 29.40 crore (29,40,42,822), as per the 7 pm provisional report today. 

Himachal Pradesh saw an active participation of people in the vaccination drive, the government informed. More people in tribal districts of Lahaul- Spiti, Kinnaur and district Kangra were administered vaccines on Monday than the targeted number, it was informed. As per the COWIN portal figures, 1,08,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the state on Tuesday before 4:00 pm.

HP government claims to vaccinate all the people in the state above 18 years of age with the first dose by October. So far, a total of 512072 beneficiaries under the 18-44 years age group have been administered the first dose of vaccine in Himachal Pradesh. The state government claimed that it currently possesses 7,33,810 Covid-19 doses.  The state government received 1.92 lakh vaccines dose from the Centre on Monday, the government informed. 

It’s pertinent to mention that after facing backlash from the Supreme Court over its previous policy, which the court found to be “arbitrary and irrational”,  the Centre government had to revise vaccination policy and take the charge of providing free jabs to all adults in government hospitals across the country. The Centre will now procure 75 percent of the vaccines being produced. Walk-in facilities were also permitted for eligible beneficiaries. 

Also Read: India’s Revised Vaccination Policy and Supreme Court’s Role Behind This Change in Approach

Vaccines for the 18-44 age group in Himachal Pradesh will be administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For people above the 45+ age group, vaccine sessions will be organized on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The table below shows the cumulative vaccine doses administered to 18-44 years age group till now.

 
S.No. State 1st Dose 2nd Dose
1 A & N Islands 22862 0
2 Andhra Pradesh 1255732 6557
3 Arunachal Pradesh 148349 0
4 Assam 1618461 110747
5 Bihar 4363177 68761
6 Chandigarh 145427 0
7 Chhattisgarh 1303543 40478
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 95163 0
9 Daman & Diu 102305 0
10 Delhi 1692763 146220
11 Goa 240493 3306
12 Gujarat 5703475 129599
13 Haryana 2551388 52923
14 Himachal Pradesh 512072 0
15 Jammu & Kashmir 592426 28173
16 Jharkhand 1571012 45000
17 Karnataka 4706571 37945
18 Kerala 1571330 4398
19 Ladakh 69230 0
20 Lakshadweep 21113 0
21 Madhya Pradesh 6211455 126238
22 Maharashtra 3766890 237360
23 Manipur 116399 0
24 Meghalaya 166499 0
25 Mizoram 163449 0
26 Nagaland 152617 0
27 Odisha 1850178 123621
28 Puducherry 144485 0
29 Punjab 1080941 3961
30 Rajasthan 5384169 3868
31 Sikkim 152193 0
32 Tamil Nadu 3937308 21741
33 Telangana 2828462 14621
34 Tripura 587445 10652
35 Uttar Pradesh 6620097 158379
36 Uttarakhand 870864 31711
37 West Bengal 3218344 18353
  Total 65538687 1424612

 

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HP Cabinet Decisions June 22: Nod to Start Inter-State Bus Service, End e-Pass System, and Formula to Calculate Class 12 Theory Marks

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on June 22, 2021. The Cabinet decided to start inter-state buses including Volvos with 50% capacity from 1 July 2021. The system of obtaining e-pass would be discontinued from 1st July. The government offices would start working with a 100% capacity from 1st July. Similarly, religious places would be allowed to open for ‘darshans’ only. However, no kirtan, bhajan, jagratas etc. religious events would be allowed. 

From Wednesday, all the shops would remain open from 9 AM to 8 PM while restaurants would be allowed to open till 10 PM.

Social gatherings/attendance etc. would be allowed up to 50% of the total indoor capacity with a maximum of 50 persons, whereas a maximum of 100 persons would be allowed in the outdoor gatherings.

Formula for Calculation of Theory Marks for HPBOSE 12th Classes Approved

According to the formula, the calculation would be based on:

  1. 10% weightage to 10th class,
  2. 15% weightage to 11th class results
  3. 55% weightage to 1st, 2nd terms and pre-board examinations
  4. 5 % weightage to English subject results
  5. 15 % weightage to internal assessment

The results of HPBOSE class 12th would be declared by the 3rd week of July 2021.

The HP Cabinet also approved one month vacation in schools from 26th June to 25th July in summer closing areas. Kullu district will have a 23-day vacation from 23rd July to 14th August 2021.

Lahaul-Spiti will have one month vacation from 1st July to 31st July. Teachers in the winter closing areas would start attending the schools from 1st July 2021. However, online studies for students would continue.

The Cabinet also directed Education and Health Departments to plan in such a way that a maximum number of teaching and non-teaching staff of educational institutions is immunized by the end of this month.

The HP Cabinet also decided to enhance the stipend of PG students (MD/MS and DNB), Junior Residents, Tutor specialists and DM/M.ch students of the government medical colleges and dental colleges of the State by Rs. 5000 per month.

The decision was also taken to double the diet allowance of the sportspersons of the education department as per the budget announcement of the Chief Minister. As per the decision, the diet money at the block level has been enhanced from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100, at the zonal and district level from Rs. 60 to Rs. 120 and at the State level from Rs. 75 to Rs. Rs.150 per day per student.

The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to fill up

  1. 1602 posts of different categories in various health institutions of the State up to 30th June 2021, on outsource basis
  2. It also decided to grant an extension to these employees up to 30th September 2021 keeping in view the possibility of 3rd wave of the pandemic.
  3. 25 posts of Assistant District Attorney in Prosecution department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  4. create and fill up 30 posts of different categories in the newly opened Sub Jail at Kalpa in Kinnaur district

The Cabinet decided to extend the lease/tender period of modification in working of the Govind Sagar reservoir for a minimum period from one to four years.

The Cabinet approved to establish new Police Station of State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau at Baddi in district Solan along with the creation and filling up of 14 posts of various categories.

It also gave its consent to enhance the honorarium of part-time water carriers of the Education department by Rs. 300 per month from 1st April 2021. The decision would benefit 1252 part-time water carriers of the department.

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