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Health workers during the observation period after receiving the third dose at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana on Monday. (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Given the looming shortage of health workers as positive tests continue to grow – including at least 750 doctors in six major state hospitals in Delhi – doctors do not need to be quarantined after completing their duties in Covid-19 wards, as per Union Health guidelines become ministry.

According to the new guidelines, which were published on Sunday evening, under the heading “Regular quarantine of health workers after performing services in Covid-19 areas”, it is stated that quarantine or isolation of health workers other than the “above” is not justified is . Doctors say this could lead to cross-transmission of the infection.

“In the previous wave, our hospital only treated Covid-19 patients. This meant that all staff only treated those who already had the infection. There was also a five to seven day gap after the Covid-19 service, during which the staff remained in isolation, reducing the risk of the infection being passed on to others, “said a resident doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital under the Condition of anonymity.

On the first day of the booster, a total of 49,307 beneficiaries, including 10,698 in Mumbai, were vaccinated across the state of the 9.3 lakh people eligible for a booster in Maharashtra. Although the response was moderate on the first day, officials said they hope that within the next 3-4 days, beneficiaries will see more visitor traffic.

Only fully vaccinated beneficiaries who have received their second dose by April 10, 2021 can receive the booster vaccination, which the center refers to as the “preventive dose”. Because of the nine-month criteria, only a tiny fraction of frontline and healthcare workers qualify for the booster.

A total of almost 9.3 lakhs were shot in Maharashtra on Monday. On the instructions of the center, only seniors with comorbidities and not all over 60 years of age were included in the refresher course.


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