India prepares for vaccine storage


29,000 points in the cold chain, 41,000 freezers to use

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for COVID vaccine storage. -19.

Giving details of cold chain management at a press conference here, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for estimating electrical and non-electrical cold chain equipment and strengthening them have been released. to the states from the Center.

Guidelines for cold chain management at the last points of the cold chain and at session sites have also been issued, he said.

“A total of 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in refrigerators, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used,” Bhushan said.

“All of this equipment has already been delivered to the United States. Some other equipment is provided, “he said.

Providing more details on the preparations, the senior official said 36 states and territories of the Union concluded the meetings of the state steering committees and the state task force, while 633 districts concluded the meetings of the district task force in this regard.

Twenty-three ministries and departments in the Center and states have been identified and assigned roles such as planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness generation, among others, for vaccine launch, he said.

Training modules for medical officers, vaccination officers, alternative vaccination officers, cold chain operators, supervisors, data managers and ASHA coordinators have also been finalized, and physical training and training on virtual / online platforms have begun, said the health secretary.

National and state workshops on trainer training (ToT) were also completed, he added.

In response to a media query, Bhushan said state governments have been allowed to form vaccination session sites even in units where the army or paramilitaries are posted.

Vaccinating 100-200 people in each session per day, monitoring them for 30 minutes after administering shots for any adverse event, and allowing only one beneficiary at a time are among the guidelines issued by the Center for COVID-19 Inoculation Campaign.

According to the guidelines recently issued to states, the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) system, a digitized platform, will be used to monitor beneficiaries enrolled for vaccination and coronavirus vaccines in real time.

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