Health care and grassroots staff in four states — one each in the county’s east, north, west and south — carried out drills for coronavirus vaccinations on Monday, testing the core technology platform, transport arrangements, and the methods for monitoring and reporting serious side effects.
The exercise was carried out in Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam, Rajkot, and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana, and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab and Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. Further drills will be held on Tuesday.
In a big step towards putting in place a system to effectively carry out the vaccination programme for COVID-19, India has successfully conducted a dry run in four states.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday announced that the dry run for COVID-19 vaccination has been successfully conducted in Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Assam.
The two-day-long exercise was undertaken in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, Rajkot and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) in Punjab, and Sonitpur and Nalbari districts in Assam.
The coronavirus vaccination dry run has been conducted ahead of the expected introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country next month.
The exercise on Monday focusses on mock registration of volunteers, while today the participants were called in to be administered ‘dummy vaccination’.
A total of 125 ‘beneficiaries’ each in four states took part in the exercise. The participants had registered themselves on the Co-WIN App and then SMSes were sent to them with information on the time and place of their ‘COVID-19 vaccination’. They had to report at designated healthcare centres today for the shots.