Covid-19 vaccine dry run on December 28, 29 in Assam, Andhra, Gujarat, Punjab – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Centre will carry out a dry run of Covid-19 vaccination on December 28 and 29 in Assam, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab as a step to prep up for administration of the vaccine and assess the readiness of the planned activities.
According to a statement from ministry of family welfare and health, for the dry run, each state will plan it in two districts and preferably in different (five) session type settings e.g. district hospital, CHC/PHC, urban site, private health facility, rural outreach etc.
“This will also provide a hands-on experience to programme managers at various levels. This two-day activity is planned on 28th & 29th December 2020, and will include activities from the necessary data entries in Co-WIN to vaccine receipt and allocation to deployment of team members, mock drill of session sites with test beneficiaries to reporting and evening meeting. This will also include testing for cold storage and transportation arrangements for Covid19 vaccine, management of crowd at the session sites with proper physical distancing,” the ministry stated.
“An important focus of the dry run will be on management of any possible adverse events following immunisation (AEFI). In addition, adherence and management of infection control practices at the session site, to prevent disease transmission. The mock drill will include concurrent monitoring and review at the block and district levels, and preparation of feedback to be shared with the State and Union Health Ministry,” it added.
It further stated that 2,360 training of trainers sessions have been held and more than 7,000 district trainees have been trained during national level Training of Trainers which comprised state immunization officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials, development partners etc.
As on date, the state level trainings had been completed in all States and UTs with participation of more than 7000 district level trainees, except Lakshadweep which will conduct it on December 29.
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To facilitate redressal of queries on Covid-19 vaccination and Co-WIN portal related queries, national 1075 and state 104 Helpline capacity has also been strengthened to address queries beyond their routine support.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended three prioritised population groups including Healthcare Workers (HCWs) (about 1 crore), Frontline Workers (FLWs) (about 2 crore), and Prioritized Age Group (about 27 crore).
As vaccines are temperature sensitive and need to be stored in specific temperature, the present cold chain system consisting of 85,634 equipments for storage of vaccine at about 28,947 cold chain points across the country will be used for the cold chain administration. The current cold chain is capable of storing additional quantity of Covid-19 vaccine required for the first 3 Crore prioritised population i.e Health Care Workers and Front Line Workers.

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