According to a statement from the Ministry of Welfare and Family Health, for the dry run, each state will schedule it in two districts and preferably in different (five) session type settings, e.g. district hospital, CHC / PHC, urban site, private health facility, rural awareness, etc.
“This will also provide hands-on experience for program managers at various levels. This two-day activity is planned for 28 and 29 December 2020 and will include activities from entering the necessary data into Co-WIN to receiving and assigning the vaccine to deploying team members, simulated simulation of the session sites with test beneficiaries until reporting and meeting in the evening. This will also include cold storage testing and transportation modes for the Covid19 vaccine, crowd management at session locations with adequate physical spacing, “the ministry said.
“An important focus of the dry run will be on the management of any adverse events following immunization (AEFI). Additionally, adherence and management of infection control practices at the session site, to prevent disease transmission. The simulated exercise will include simultaneous monitoring and review at the block and district level and the preparation of feedback to be shared with the State and Union Ministry of Health, ”he added.
It further stated that 2,360 trainers’ training sessions were held and more than 7,000 district trainees were trained during national level trainer training which included state immunization officials, cold chain officials, IEC officials, development partner etc.
To date, state-level training courses had been completed in all states and UT with the participation of over 7,000 district-level trainees, with the exception of Lakshadweep who will conduct it on December 29.
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To facilitate the resolution of Covid-19 vaccination questions and questions related to the Co-WIN portal, the capacity of the National 1075 and State 104 telephone line has been strengthened to answer questions that go beyond their routine support.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended three priority population groups including Health Care Workers (HCWs) (approximately 1 crore), Frontline Workers (FLW) (approximately 2 crore) and Prioritized Age Group (approximately 1 crore). 27 crore).
As vaccines are temperature sensitive and must be stored at a specific temperature, the current cold chain system will be used for cold chain administration, consisting of 85,634 vaccine storage equipment at approximately 28,947 points in the chain of the cold across the country. The current cold chain is capable of storing the additional amount of Covid-19 vaccine needed for the first 3 Crore priority population – healthcare workers and frontline workers.