States prepare for COVID-19 vaccination, receive 41,000 freezers and 45,000 ice-covered refrigerators

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Health said Tuesday that guidelines for estimating cold chain equipment have been issued to all states and have received at least 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-coated refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators for COVID-19 vaccination.

Speaking about preparations for the COVID-19 vaccine, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said guidelines for estimating electrical and non-electrical equipment for the cold chain and strengthening them have been issued to all states. and territories of the Union.

He said all states have already received 29,000 cold chain points and cold chain equipment which includes “240 walk-in refrigerators, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators. “.

The guidelines for the management of the cold chain were also issued at the last points and at the session sites.

The Center has established a multilevel governance mechanism that will help the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Bhushan said at least 36 states and UT have concluded meetings of the state steering committee and state task forces. About 633 districts concluded district task force meetings.

He said about 23 ministries / departments in the state and central governments have been identified and assigned roles (planning, implementation, social mobilization, awareness generation) for vaccine launch.

Bhushan said the Ministry of Health has also finalized the training modules for medical officers, vaccination officers, alternative vaccination officers, cold chain operators, supervisors, data managers, ASHA coordinators and added that physical and online training is started in all union states and territories.

He said detailed instructions on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination have been provided.

The Secretary of Health said that instructions have been given to states for the management of minor, severe or severe adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

“States must identify at least one AEFI management center in each block: primary health centers, community health centers, district hospitals, private health facilities, or any other fixed health facility with medical officers and paramedics as AEFI management centers,” he he said, adding that each session site would be connected to a designated AEFI management center.

The AEFI reporting will be done through Co-WIN, a digital platform for real-time monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccine. It will allow people to register for vaccination.