The Chennai Corporation has already constituted a district task force committee to carry out the vaccination drive. “We have already started the process of identifying all frontline healthcare workers who will be the first to be given the vaccines. During the second phase, sanitary workers and conservancy workers will be given vaccine,” G Prakash, Chennai Corporation Commissioner said.
Another senior Corporation official said that there are 199 government hospitals and close to 750 private hospitals in the city and the civic body has already communicated with these establishments instructing them to provide the details of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other staff employed at the hospitals. Also, details of other people registered under the Clinical Establishments Act are being collected.
“For example, the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) alone has around 4,000 employees. We will keep the data ready before the launch of the vaccine,” the official said. The civic body is expecting more than 60,000 health workers will be needing the shots. Apart from them, there are close to 40,000 frontline workers in the city, mostly employees of the civic body.
The official added that details of the elderly people, who will be covered after health and frontline workers, are available with the civic body. “There are around 8 lakh persons in the city, who are above 50 years of age. Their details, including names and addresses, were collected during the door-to-door screening conducted across the city during the early days of the pandemic,” the official said.
The Corporation also held a meeting with the district task force committee on Friday to discuss preparedness for the vaccination drive. Such committees have been constituted in all the districts.