Although no Covid-19 vaccine in India has yet received authorization for emergency use, the Center is in the last stage of preparing for vaccine administration. The empty race for vaccine administration will be conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Punjab starting next week, the government said. The dry-running exercise will allow the government to understand if there is any gap in the whole process. “This exercise will allow for end-to-end mobilization and testing of the Covid-19 vaccination process (except for the vaccine) and will monitor the use of Co-WIN,” the government said. Co-WIN is the mobile application through the entire process will be monitored online.
In Punjab, the dry run will take place in Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar districts.
The Drugs Controller General of India is currently examining the applications of Bharat Biotech, Serum Institue and Pfizer, the three vaccine manufacturers that have sought the nod for emergency use. The nod is likely to arrive by December. Vaccination is expected to start in January.
Vaccination for Covid-19 will be voluntary, the Union Ministry of Health said, although it will be advisable to receive a full coronavirus vaccine schedule. In the first phase, health workers, front-line workers, people over 50 and under 50 but with comorbidities will be vaccinated.