To assess the readiness of the mechanism set up for the Covid-19 inoculation campaign, the Center was planned for December 28 and 29 in four states: Punjab, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
The exercise will include entering the necessary data into Co-WIN, an online platform for monitoring vaccine delivery, receiving and assigning tests, deploying team members, simulating session sites with beneficiaries of the tests, a report and an evening meeting, the Union The Ministry of Health said Friday.
It will also include cold storage testing and modes of transportation for the COVID-19 vaccine, crowd management at session locations with adequate physical spacing, the ministry said.
Each state will plan it in two districts and preferably five different session type settings: district hospital, community health center (CHC) or primary health care center (PHC), urban site, private health facility, and rural care.
“This exercise will enable end-to-end mobilization and testing of the COVID-19 vaccination process (except vaccine) and monitor the use of Co-WIN in the field environment, the links between planning, implementation and reporting, will identify challenges and guide the way forward before actual implementation, including improvements that may be required in the envisaged process, “the health ministry said.
This will also provide hands-on experience for program managers at various levels.
An important focus of the dry run will be on the management of any possible adverse events after immunization (AEFI), as well as on adhering and managing infection control practices at the session site to prevent disease transmission.
The mock exercise will include simultaneous monitoring and review at the block and district level and preparing feedback to share with the state and the Center.
A detailed checklist was prepared by the Union Ministry of Health and shared with the four states to guide them in the dry run.
“The central government is preparing for the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine across the country. As vaccine administrators will play an important role in the immunization process, training of trainers and vaccine administrators has been undertaken in various states, “the health ministry said.
To strengthen the human resource for vaccine introduction and roll-out, and detailed training modules have been developed for different categories of vaccine handlers and administrators, including medical officers, vaccine cold chain operators, ASHA coordinators and all others involved in the implementation process at different levels.
The training includes all operational aspects of training such as organizing vaccination sessions, using the Co-WIN IT platform for managing the entire vaccination process, deploying human resource cold chain readiness, adverse event management, intersectoral communications and coordination, biomedical waste management, infection prevention protocols, among others.
A total of 2,360 participants were trained during a nationwide training of trainers, which included state immunization officials, cold chain officials, information, education and communication officials, and development partners.
“To date, state-level training has been completed in all states and territories of the Union with the participation of more than 7,000 district-level trainees, with the exception of Lakshadweep who will conduct it on December 29. Cascading 681 districts have completed training medical officers on operational guidelines, ”the ministry said.
To facilitate the resolution of questions about COVID-19 vaccination and the Co-WIN portal, the national and state telephone support capacity was also strengthened.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended three priority population groups including, health care workers (approximately 1 crore), frontline workers (approximately 2 crore), and priority age group (approximately 27 crore). ).
Because vaccines are temperature sensitive, the current cold chain system consisting of 85,634 vaccine storage equipment will be used at approximately 28,947 cold chain points across the country, the ministry said.
The current cold chain is capable of storing an additional amount of COVID-19 vaccine needed for the first three crores of the priority population.