India launches vaccine dry run nationwide from January 2nd, Health News, ET Health World

The center today called on all states and UTs to carry out a dry run of the vaccine on January 2nd to ensure effective preparation for the deployment of the vaccine.

Union Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan will hold a high-level meeting through a video conference to consider preparing for Covid-19 vaccination with key secretaries (health) and all other state / UT health managers. did.

“It is proposed that this activity be carried out in all state capitals of at least three session sites. Some states also include areas with difficult terrain / poor logistical support.” The ministry said in a statement.

Maharashtra and Kerala may schedule dry runs in major cities other than the capital.

So far, dry runs have been conducted in four states.

“The purpose of the Covid-19 vaccine implementation dry run is to assess the feasibility of operations in the use of Co-WIN applications in a field environment, test the link between planning and implementation, identify challenges, and do real work. It’s about guiding you how to move forward. Implementation. ”

Vaccine introduction plans follow operational guidelines issued by the Ministry.

For each of the three session sites, the relevant healthcare professional identifies 25 test beneficiaries (healthcare professionals).

The state is required to ensure that the data of these beneficiaries is uploaded to Co-WIN. These beneficiaries are also available on the Dry Run session site.

The state is also required to ensure physical verification of all proposed sites for space adequacy, logistical arrangements, internet connectivity, electricity, safety, and more. Prepare at least three model session sites in each state (capital) for demonstration purposes. Make sure that the model site has separate entrances and exits in the “3 Room Setup” and that there is enough space outside for awareness-raising activities. View all IEC materials on these sites. Make sure that all SOPs and protocols are practiced in the ideal environment in the identified location and that the vaccination team is identified and trained in all aspects.

“Dry Run also puts state and UT controls in the supply, storage, and logistics management of vaccines, including cold chain management,” the statement added.

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