The Covid-19 vaccination for frontline workers serving in Southern Command area of responsibility covering 11 states and 4 Union territories commenced on 8 February 2021 as per the national Covid-19 vaccination drive and MoHFW guidelines issued for the same. A total of 47 special vaccination centres were established at all Military Hospitals across Southern Command, wherein the Senior Executive Medical Officers of the garrisons and their teams worked tirelessly to meet the daily targets given out in the immunisation programme. As on date a substantial number of healthcare and frontline workers have been given vaccines as per guidelines laid down by government.
The Nodal Officers of the Armed Forces Medical Services have also been instrumental in establishing close liaison with the State and District Immunization Officers, ensuring seamless integration and their positive support towards promoting the vaccination drive of frontline workers under Southern Command area of responsibility. The Army at multiple occasions has appreciated the support from the civil administration in all States in making the soldiers Covid safe in the interest of National security.
The coronavirus vaccination campaign for persons above 60 years, which includes Army Veterans, as well as dependents of serving Army personnel between 45 to 59 years with co-morbidities has also commenced through the Co-WIN platform in Military Hospitals in Southern Command. The Army authorities have reaffirmed and said: “We are committed towards taking care of our veterans and their next-of-kin.”