Chandigarh: For an easy spread of Covid vaccination, the Center has selected Punjab to conduct a dry run on December 28 and 29. The guide will be carried out in five locations each in the districts of Ludhiana and Nawanshahr.
Sharing the details, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said the exercise is meant to test the mechanisms for the vaccination campaign. It will provide information on any gaps or bottlenecks so they can be addressed before Covid-19 begins, he said. The minister said UNDP immunization partners and the WHO at the state level will support this activity. All activities from uploading payee data, session site allocation, session site management to reporting and debriefing must be covered in this two day trial.
For the safe delivery and storage of vaccines, Punjab has identified 729 statewide cold chain points and 22 district-level and 127 block-level stores. The state has two walk-in freezers, one each in Chandigarh and Ferozepur, and a walk-in refrigerator in Amritsar, Hoshiarpur and Ferozepur. It is also equipped with 1,165 ice-cold refrigerators and 1,079 freezers.
Frontline health workers – doctors, medical students, nurses, paramedics and Asha workers – will be the first to be immunized. Punjab has identified 1.25 lakh health workers who will receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine each time it is developed. Frontline workers are second on the list, followed by all people over 50 and under 50 with comorbidities.