New Delhi, Dec.
All states will begin the Covid-19 vaccination test from January 2. The decision was made on Thursday at a high-level meeting of the Union’s health ministry.
The dry run will be conducted by all state and UT governments on January 2, 2021 (Saturday). The ministry proposed that the dry test be conducted in all state capitals at at least three session sites.
In Manipur, the dry race will take place at Imphal West and Thoubal, a well-placed source informed.
“Some states will also include districts located in difficult terrain / with insufficient logistical support; Maharashtra and Kerala are likely to schedule the dry run in major cities other than their capital, ”the Union Health Ministry said.
Previously, a two-day trial to assess the readiness of the planned mechanism for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign was successfully conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Assam, announced on Tuesday. Union Ministry of Health. Field feedback on the first day of the dry run was reviewed on December 29 via video conference with state and district program officers by the Assistant Secretary (Public Health).
“All States expressed their satisfaction in terms of the operational approach and use of the IT platform to ensure transparency and effective monitoring of immunization processes expected to cover a large number of people across the country.
Additional suggestions on the IT platform were also noted for the improvement of the Co-WIN platform. The detailed information and feedback obtained will help to enrich the operational guidelines and the IT platform, and will strengthen the Covid-19 vaccination deployment plan, “the ministry said. .
Objective of the dry run
According to the Union Ministry of Health, the objective of the dry trial for the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine is to assess the operational feasibility of using the Co-WIN application in an environment field, to test the links between planning and implementation and to identify challenges. and guide the way forward before effective implementation. It should also give confidence to program managers at different levels, the ministry said.
“The planning of the introduction of the vaccine will be done according to the operational guidelines published by the ministry on December 20, 2020. For each of the three session sites, the responsible doctor concerned will identify 25 beneficiaries of the tests (health workers),” said the Ministry.
States / TUs have been requested to ensure that data from these beneficiaries is uploaded into Co-WIN. These beneficiaries will also be available on the session site for the dry run. States and TUs will prepare facilities and users to be created on the Co-WIN app, including uploading health worker (HC) beneficiary data.
States / TUs were invited to:
– Ensure the physical verification of all proposed sites for the adequacy of space, logistical arrangements, Internet connectivity, electricity, security, etc.
-Prepare at least three model session sites in each state (in the state capital) for demonstration;
-Ensure that model sites have separate entrance and exit in a “three-room configuration” with adequate space outside for outreach activities;
– Display all IEC material on these sites;
-Ensure that all SOPs and protocols are performed at the identified sites in an ideal environment with the vaccination teams to be identified and trained in all aspects.
The dry run will also equip the state and UT administration in managing vaccine supply, storage and logistics, including cold chain management, the ministry said.
Since vaccine administrators will play an important role in the immunization process, training of trainers and those who will administer the vaccine has been undertaken in various states. About 96,000 vaccinators have been trained for this purpose. More than 2,300 participants have been trained in the national training of trainers and over 57,000 participants have been trained in district-level training in 719 districts.
States are expanding the 104 hotline (to be used in addition to 1075) for all vaccine / software related questions. Orientation and capacity building for call center executives took place in the US / UT. States were also encouraged to proactively use FAQs published by the Department of Health to answer such a question.
Management of possible side effects
An important point of the dry trial will be the management of any possible adverse event after vaccination (AEFI). In addition, adherence to and management of 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 levels, as well as the preparation of feedback.
The Covid-19 vaccine expected soon
AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Wednesday India would receive the Covid-19 vaccine within days.
Calling the approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK a “big step forward”, he said: “It is very good news that AstraZeneca has obtained the approval of its vaccine from the authorities. British regulations. They have solid data in India and the same vaccine is being developed by the Serum Institute of India, which is a big step forward not only for India, but also for many parts of the world.
“This vaccine can be stored between two and eight degrees centigrade. Therefore, it would be easy to store and transport. Storage can be done using a simple refrigerator rather than what is required in Pfizer’s minus 70 degree centigrade vaccine. “said Dr Guleria ANI.