The Center has chosen eight districts in four states to conduct a series of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccinations next week. The states that will witness the two-day dry run on December 28-29 are Punjab, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
“The dry run was conducted to mobilize all elements involved in the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, scheduled for next year, to test the vaccine delivery mechanisms. All elements except the vaccine will be mobilized, ”a senior official from the Union’s ministry of health and family welfare said, asking for anonymity.
Five sites are likely to be established in each of the two districts in one state for the purpose of vaccinating beneficiaries.
“Two districts each of all four states have been identified where this dry run will take place simultaneously in these two days,” confirmed another health ministry official who also declined to be named.
The dry path will include testing for cold storage and vaccine transport modes, crowd management at session locations with adequate physical distance, and the role of vaccinators and other vaccine-related staff.
Particular attention will be paid to controlling how possible post-immunization adverse events will be treated as each session location will have a designated health facility connected to it to treat people who may develop any discomfort or discomfort after vaccination, and also how they will Infection control practices be followed during vaccination at the session site so that it does not become a ground for disease transmission.
Preparations have been in full swing for the past five months for the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine so that no time is wasted managing logistics when a vaccine is available for use in the country.
To supervise and assist in the process of administering the Covid-19 vaccine, a multilevel governance mechanism has been established in all states and territories of the Union. There are three types of committees: two at the state level and one at the district level. All of these committees met regularly to draw up the ground-level vaccine delivery plan.
Specific training modules have been drawn up for medical officers, vaccinators, alternative vaccinators, cold chain operators, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and all others involved in the implementation process at different levels.
According to current estimates, the Center will use 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined fridges, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators across the country for the storage and delivery of vaccines. All of this equipment has already been provided to states based on their individual needs.
“This will be one of the largest vaccination initiatives, with a lot at stake. It is important to have all checks and balances in place before the actual process begins, “said the first official quoted above.