Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 24th
The Indian government chose Punjab to conduct a blank test of the Covid-19 vaccine on December 28 and 29. Ludhiana and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar were selected as the two districts for the purpose and five locations would be identified in each district. Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said in a press release.
Sidhu said the dry run was intended to test the mechanisms set up for Covid-19 vaccination. It would provide an overview of any gaps or bottlenecks, so that issues can be addressed before the vaccination campaign begins. The dry run should be conducted under the guidance of the district magistrate / collector.
The minister said the immunization partners – UNDP and WHO – will support the activity at the state level. All activities, from uploading beneficiary data, site assignment (micro-planning), site management (with test beneficiaries) and reporting to evening debriefing, must be covered over the two days of dry run. The main focus of the dry run includes the assessment of the operational feasibility of Co-WIN, an electronic application.
Implementation and reporting mechanisms would identify challenges and show the way to effective implementation, the minister said.
Winter school break from 25 to 31 December
Chandigarh: Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said Thursday that the state government has declared winter holidays December 25 to 31 in all government, government-subsidized and private schools. The cabinet minister said the schools would reopen on January 1st. “In view of the winter season, we have decided to give students and staff a break. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, up until then, students in grades IX and XII were allowed to attend classes in schools, ”he said. The state government has been committed to ensuring the safety of students, and all possible steps have been taken to provide a safe and secure environment for students, he added. TNS
To include data upload, debriefing
- The dry run will include uploading beneficiary data, site allocation, reporting and evening debriefing
- The United Nations Development Program and the World Health Organization will support activity at the state level